Lots of players have downplayed the power of Anfield before a game with Liverpool – and lived to regret it.
So we really hope Manchester City superstar Kevin de Bruyne is making the same mistake before Sunday’s 4:30 Premier League clash.
Liverpool host Pep Guardiola’s side knowing a win will take us nine points clear at the top of the table. A defeat, however, will reduce the deficit to a measly three: something City will feel they’ll be able to overcome in the run-up to Christmas.
“I don’t care,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports, when asked about Anfield and City’s poor record here.
“A lot of circumstances will decide the game. What can a player do with statistics like this?
“It’s a game like another. We know it’s a big game – Liverpool are ahead. We have to go back, recover [from the away trip to Italy to play Atalanta] and be ready for next Sunday.
“Professionals want to play in front of 50, 60, 70, 80 thousand people and it makes it worthwhile,” he added.
De Bruyne is a certainty to start in City’s midfield, most likely alongside Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva, as Fernandinho is deputising in defence in the continued absence of Aymeric Laporte.
Jurgen Klopp is facing pressure to start Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in his midfield three, but we predict the German will be using his favourite trio: Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson.
Elsewhere, the team picks itself, with the only other area of contention central defence. Dejan Lovren’s recent form though means he’ll play alongside Virgil van Dijk.
It is, by some distance, the biggest game of the season so far – and we cannot wait.