After scoring a hat-trick at the weekend, Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has equalled former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez's Premier League goalscoring record.
On Saturday, Sterling scored a second-half hat-trick to help City open their 2019/20 Premier League account with a comprehensive 5-0 win over West Ham United.
Upon doing so, the 24-year-old became only the eighth player to score a hat-trick on the opening weekend of an EPL campaign, and the first since Didier Drogba in 2010, as per Opta Sports.
Sterling has also now scored 69 Premier League goals, which matches the return his former Liverpool teammate Suarez managed during his time in the English top flight.
Suarez scored 69 league goals for Liverpool between 2011 and 2014, which coincided in part with Sterling's three-and-a-half-year spell with the Reds' first team.
The England international has now matched his former club colleague's league goalscoring return, although it took him significantly longer to reach the figure.
Suarez achieved his tally in 110 league appearances while Sterling did so after 227 matches, but the latter was far younger when he made his Premier League debut and has spent the majority of his career on the wing.
The City star scored 17 goals in 34 Premier League appearances last season to help his club claim a second consecutive league title.
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