Raheem Sterling insisted that Manchester City are in the process of “evolving” after beating newly-crowned champions Liverpool 4-0, while also stating that “next season started today”.
City gave the Reds a guard of honour as a mark of respect for their first league title triumph in 30 years, before proceeding to hand them their second defeat of the campaign.
Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring from the penalty spot, before Sterling finished off a swift counterattack to double scoreline just after the half-hour mark.
Asked how motivated City were to get one over on the 2019-2020 Premier League winners, the 25-year-old told Sky Sports:
“They (Liverpool) have been brilliant all year, we wanted to have a good game against them.
“We knew we were behind, have been disappointing at times. We had a test against the current champions to make a point and we did brilliantly. Next season started today and we did well.
“This is a team that is evolving and changing, you can see the maturity Phil (Foden) is playing with. I think in the future we have some great players.”