Pep Guardiola on Kevin De Bruyne was a sight to behold, as the Man City boss was full of praise for the midfield maestro after he starred in his side’s 3-2 win against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.
The Belgian international looked like a completely different beast in sky blue to his uncharacteristically poor self in the World Cup.
From start to finish, the 30-year-old ran the show.
As early as in the 10th minute, Kevin De Bruyne set Erling Haaland up with a delightful cross, that was equally well-taken by the Norwegian.
For Nathan Ake’s winner as well, it was De Bruyne again who put in a sumptuous assist that was met by an inch-perfect header.
On another day, it’s safe to say that the 30-year-old would have walked away with a couple of assists, if not for Man City’s shocking finishing at times.
Aspects such as De Bruyne’s final ball, ball-carrying ability and pressing stood out as he was virtually perfect against Liverpool.
Once again, the Man City vice-captain put in a display which leads many to crown him as the best midfielder in the world.
Guardiola on De Bruyne vs Liverpool
Pep Guardiola on Kevin De Bruyne was as complimentary as any Manchester City fan, as he raved about him after his heroics against Liverpool in a box-office Carabao Cup encounter (via Football Daily).
“Kevin [De Bruyne] will play with this fire inside of him. He has to find himself this fire, what a player! How many years has he been here? Seven, eight years? Absolute legend.”
“Always, I push him to find this fire sometimes. I know, it is a lot of games but in important games when he have this, he’s unstoppable.”
Pep Guardiola on Kevin De Bruyne is spot on, as the club legend is something else when he’s at his best, which is more often that not.
While Riyad Mahrez stated before the game that the contest against Liverpool was “going to be tough”, De Bruyne made things look easy.