Liverpool will be expected to be at their best when Manchester City visits Anfield on Sunday, according to Kevin De Bruyne.
On Sunday, Liverpool will host Premier League rivals Manchester City at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s team is currently 13 points back of Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions.
Although they have had a sluggish start to the current season, Liverpool have been City’s main title opponent in recent years.
Even though Jurgen Klopp’s team has only won two of their eight Premier League games so far this year, they still managed to destroy Rangers 7-1 on Wednesday in the Champions League.
The City playmaker De Bruyne remarked, “I expect them to be the greatest Liverpool imaginable. The only thing I can see is that although they have lost some points, they are still Liverpool, and I still expect them to be successful.”
City’s record at Anfield hasn’t been great lately. When they met at Anfield last season, the teams battled to a thrilling 2-2 draw.
In the rematch at the Etihad Stadium, the score remained the same, and De Bruyne scored in both contests. “I like big games, and I like excellent atmospheres,” De Bruyne stated.
“It’s a game like any other, but playing away against a top-six team is always challenging. Even though we didn’t win last year, I believe we’ve performed admirably there over the past few years.
They are a more up-and-down squad than we are, and we have more control over the game, so if you can manage that style of play, you could have a better chance of winning. It should once again be a good game, in my opinion.”
De Bruyne found it difficult to make an impact as City, playing with 10 men after Sergio Gomez was dismissed, played out a scoreless draw at FC Copenhagen on Tuesday in the Champions League.
Although the outcome was still sufficient for City to move on to the round of 16, manager Pep Guardiola rested Erling Haaland and afterwards admitted that several of his players had been worn out.
De Bruyne argued that he was in fine shape despite playing below par. The Belgian claimed he was not at all worn out.
“Obviously, it’s difficult, but I’m okay. I don’t know how other people feel, but I feel fine. Some people have probably played more than I have, and it’s evident that playing with 10 men is a little bit more exhausting.”