With what could quite possibly the game of the season just days away on Thursday at The Etihad, the build-up is understandably hotting up. Pep Guardiola has faced the media and claimed that he doesn’t know whether Kevin De Bruyne will be fit, something that the Reds are refusing to believe and are putting down as mind games.
Pep Guardiola says that he does not know whether midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will be fit to face league leaders Liverpool on Thursday in the Premier League.
“I know it's not serious, but I don't know if he can play on Thursday.”https://t.co/qisV7CNZRE
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) December 30, 2018
Kevin De Bruyne is one of the finest footballers on this planet at the moment, and the Belgian will be a big miss for Manchester City if he is unavailable for the Liverpool clash on Thursday. However, considering he’s only managed six appearances this season, the Citizens will get on just fine without him, as they have done previously this season.
As far as Liverpool are concerned, though, whether City’s Belgian starts or not is completely irrelevant to them. The Kopites will be going into this game knowing that if they play to their maximum then it doesn’t matter who they’re up against. If Jurgen Klopp’s side can get going then De Bruyne or no De Bruyne, Manchester City are going to struggle.
You can read the Reds’ thoughts on Guardiola’s comments here:
so its gonna be silva fernandinho and de bruyne
— – (@Anfi3ld1892) December 30, 2018
— Jeremy O'Byrne (@RDASoccer) December 30, 2018
Want him to be 100% fit so there are no excuses from Citae supporters when we absolutely stuff them at their half full stadium on Thursday!!
— Ben (@bireland78) December 30, 2018
— L Mayes (@MazTweeta) December 30, 2018
Which basically translates to "he will be fit and back to 100% showing how good he really is against Liverpool" like expected
— Richard Dickinson (@RochardDockinso) December 30, 2018
— Andy N (@anightingale30) December 30, 2018
— Steve Munro (@steve_munro) December 31, 2018
Give us your best I don’t even care mateeee. There’s nothing our boys can’t handle
— Pkom16 (@pkom16) December 30, 2018
He will be fit
— T (@tontochorley) December 30, 2018
The Reds don’t care who Guardiola puts out against them, and they’ll be confident of a win even if De Bruyne is in from the start.