Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling scored twice against Crystal Palace to inspire Manchester City to a ninth straight Premier League win after a dominant performance at Selhurst Park. With the Reds at home to Chelsea later on Sunday, City put pressure on their title rivals despite Fernandinho, who missed December's loss to the Eagles, being absent with an injury that may rule him out of next week's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Tottenham. The impressive victory briefly lifted Pep Guardiola's side, who had started the day second in the table, one point clear to the top. However, Liverpool returned to the summit after beating Chelsea 2-0 in the late kick-off at Anfield, leaving City, who have one game in hand, two points behind the Reds with five games remaining in this fascinating title race. Sterling opened the scoring after Kevin de Bruyne's beautifully weighted pass saw his team-mate outsprint Patrick van Aanholt before an exquisite finish beyond Vicente Guaita. After the interval, Sterling made it two for Pep Guardiola side by converting Leroy Sane's driven cross, although Sergio Aguero going off with an apparent injury will have concerned Pep Guardiola. And the City boss was further frustrated as his side lost their clean sheet to Luka Milivojevic's 81st-minute free-kick, although the defending champions were still able to close out another victory at Selhurst Park thanks to Gabriel Jesus' precise finish.