Pep Guardiola has praised Raheem Sterling’s desire to improve his goal return and warned forwards will only “survive” by finding the net regularly.

Sterling, 22, has 10 goals in all competitions this season, double his return at the same stage in 2016-17.

Guardiola says the forward has spent “many, many hours” working on finishing with first-team coach Mikel Arteta.

“He knows a striker has to score goals and he has to do that if he wants to achieve the next step,” said Guardiola.

“You won’t survive in the high level teams in his position if you don’t score goals. And now he’s seeing how fun, how good it is, to score goals. I think he’s enjoying scoring goals, he’s not scared, he’s not afraid to take a risk.”

Guardiola’s side have 35 goals in 10 league games, 12 more than second-placed Manchester United, who they lead by five points. City face Arsenal at home on Sunday at 14:15 GMT.

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