Manchester City squandered opportunity after opportunity as they dropped two points following their 1-1 draw against Burnley in the English Premier League on Saturday afternoon. Sterling somehow put the ball wide just one metre out from the empty goal.
After 82 minutes, Matt Lowton's deep cross from the right allowed Johann Berg Gudmundsson to ghost past the City backline and score with a left-foot volley from six yards.
The Chile worldwide saw his penalty saved in the 68th minute but scored when the ball richocheted off goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.
Without a game until Leicester's visit next Saturday - City's longest gap between matches since the November worldwide break - manager Pep Guardiola is giving his squad time off until Wednesday.
"I don't know but what I know is that myself, the board and the player we would like to have a happy year".
Speaking on Premier League tonight, the Liverpool legend said: "The under 23's would have had five substitutions and you can only use three of them, so two of them would have been unused". Javier Hernandez levelled after Glenn Murray's opener but Jose Izquierdo scored a sublime second and Pascal Gross drilled in a third from 20 yards.
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"You know, we've got to do what we've got to do".
"Raheem Sterling has been incredible for us".
"We don't dominate too many games with the ball so we've got to keep our shape".
Sterling's miss came moments after City goalkeeper Ederson made a sensational save to deny Aaron Lennon a goal on his home debut.
He added: "We are in this position all season". Arsene Wenger's side have an inconsistent recent home record of late, but they have won 12 of their last 15 league games at the Emirates Stadium.
"He would have known well before the under 23's played so he could have pulled one of them out and said 'you are not playing in the under 23's tonight because I need you for the subs bench'".
"We have been there since the beginning of the season, better than last season in every aspect: better in points, better in the position in the table, number of goals scored, the number of goals we concede".More news: We didn't play our number one game in final: Rahul Dravid