Raheem Sterling hopes that he will have several reasons for Manchester City fans to say that, according to his words, he said Sunday that Southampton had collapsed.
England continued its brilliant recent form so that it scored two goals and set another three as the champions returned to the top of the Premier League with a 6: 1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
The crowd was impressed by his performance and thanked them for not 23-year-olds.
"I like singing that I'm at the top of the league," Sterling said. "I have to try to keep on singing.
"I am delighted to play at Etihad. This is a wonderful stadium that comes here and I see my family and everything."
Sterling's comments could be seen as a further sign of encouragement, from the point of view of the city, that it is close to agreeing to a new contract with the club.
The former Liverpool player will end at the end of the next season, but last week reported that he had verbally agreed on a new deal after months of talks.
Regardless of whether this confirmation in the coming days, as suggested, it still needs to be seen, but City and Sterling are surely in good condition during the big week.
City host Shakhtar Donestsk in the Champions League on Wednesday before hosting rivals Manchester United next Sunday.
"These will be heavy games," Sterling said. "This is the most important game that begins with Shakhtar. We have to try it and then go in derby."
The city was facing the saints and everything, but the game was spinning in the open 18 minutes. Wesley Hoedt turned into his net before Sergio Aguero pushed home in his 150th Premier League and David Silva came in third. Sterling hit twice on both sides of the break and then brought the opportunity for a hat-trick so that Leroy Sane was left behind for the sixth time.
Sterling said: "Today it was a great team. The guys started really well and we were fantastic without a ball, not just with the ball. We had to take advantage of Liverpool's points and I thought we were sometimes great.
"It is difficult to achieve goals in football, and we did it. We were ruthless and exploited our options. That is what is at this highest level.
"You can not say that they did not defend themselves well – you had to put the ball in the net. This is the most important thing. Here we have players who are currently unscrupulous and can continue for a long time."
The only comfort of Southampton ended with a drought of goal, and Danny Ings was their first line-up in six games. But this was a one-sided contest and left the saints without a victory in seven.
The midfielder Pierre-Emile Hoybjerg told the club's website: "We are terribly afraid. I thank you once again and I'm sorry for the fans and I thank the Southampton Football Club.
"It's difficult to give the word a word. You become emotional, disappointed, disappointed – you have to turn it around and use it as a fire and use it as a fuel to go ahead and give everything that will be next Saturday to win.
"We take responsibility for what we do, take it on the beard and grow with it."
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