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De Bruyne sends warning to Man City rivals after pulsating Liverpool performance

Kevin De Bruyne says he “cannot fault” the way Manchester City played against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, ending a mammoth week which included games against Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain

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Kevin De Bruyne believes Manchester City could be producing their best football since he arrived at the club.

And despite the disappointment of defeat in Paris and a draw at Anfield in the past five days, he is confident the Blues have an extra dimension now within their ranks, which can deliver even more to the Champions.

That is a mental strength that City have perhaps lacked in previous visits to the home of Liverpool, where the atmosphere and intensity of a partisan crowd often got to them.

Not this time. The visitors dominated at the weekend, and even when they twice went behind, showed real spirit – and quality – to hit back in a pulsating game.

The Belgian said: “There have been performances here in the past where when we were 1-0 behind, it became 2-0, 3-0 real quickly. But I think we found a way to react to that.



De Bruyne has described Man City’s performances against Liverpool, Chelsea and PSG as “amazing”
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“Our direction after their two goals was really good. Obviously I didn’t play here last year when we won, but the way we performed here with all the supporters in the stadium, in the 6-7 years I am here was by far the best one, so that is a good sign for me.

“You know that to come here is a hard task, but I think we did really well with that, and the way we reacted we should be really happy with that.”

Ominously, City sit just two points off the top of the Premier League table, despite already visiting four of the clubs who finished in the top seven last season.

In the past week, they trounched Chelsea, arguably outplayed PSG despite losing, and then had the best of a thrilling draw with Liverpool. That, according to de Bruyne, is a sign of real intent from the Champions.



De Bruyne’s goal made it 2-2 at Anfield with nine minutes of normal time remaining
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“I cannot fault the performance,” he said of the point from Anfield. “We did what we needed to do, and I feel that way about all three performances this week, even though we ended up with a draw, a win and a loss.

“After the international break we knew we had a really hard month and we have come out of it close to the top of the table, so we are fighting really well.

“The way we have played the three games this week has been important. Obviously, the scores weren’t always what we wanted them to be, but we controlled the matches most of the time during the three games.

“The way we played, our way, it’s the most important thing for us.”









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If there was a criticism of City in all three games they played over the past week, it was that they failed to take enough of the many chances they created.

De Bruyne accepts that he and his team-mates must do better in front of goal, but still believes the bigger picture is a brighter one.

“I wasn’t worried we didn’t score. Obviously we should have – and you know we have to admit that sometimes we have to do better in that department – playing the way we did, three times in one week, away from home, against three great teams, it’s amazing.”

De Bruyne is not the only City player to take real encouragement from the team’s form.







Phil Foden, who was outstanding, knows the Blues are on course to challenge for honours again – though he says the title fight will be exciting with Liverpool also full of quality.

“I feel like it is going to go all the way,” he said of the title race. “We know there are a lot of teams in it this year and it is really good to see that there is more than one team fighting at the top of the league.

“But we will fight until the end, and I am impressed with the great character we showed at Anfield, to really fight until the end.”


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