The Reds stand two points clear of Manchester City - albeit having played a game more - after taking a club-record 83 points from 33 games.
Manchester City's quest for an unprecedented quadruple leaves Pep Guardiola with a perilous balancing act for tomorrow's trip to a Crystal Palace side that know how to shock the Premier League champions.
City manager Pep Guardiola said battling for a quintuple - he counts the lightly-regarded Community Shield which they won at the outset of the season and have also won the League Cup - he could feel the pressure building on achieving that historic feat. Sometimes you miss, you have to forget about it and go for the next one.
Despite that scare, City wrapped up in the win in the 90th minute as De Bruyne launched a counter and set up substitute Gabriel Jesus (who looked to be just offside) to slot home the third. "That's the mentality, just keep going and the chance will come".
'De Bruyne has the creativity to open anyone up.
"Selhurst Park is always hard, not just for the stadium itself but for the quality of the players they have".
City may not have an easy time breaking down this side.
But the visitors doubled their advantage after 63 minutes, Sterling again on the mark when he coolly converted Sane's angled cross from the left.
If you seek drama and tension, or perhaps simply to be moved by football, City's Premier League games are probably not for you. That is some boost at this stage of the campaign, and Guardiola was effusive in his praise of a player who, even in such a richly talented squad, noticeably raises City's level when on song.