De Bruyne: We don't care about poor Anfield record

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

He is reacting to a question which suggests Liverpool's opponents are unconquerable.

Liverpool begin life without Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian's move to FC Barcelona. Perhaps a more direct buffer to the loss of attacking talent Coutinho, though, is the unrelenting form of summer signing Mohamed Salah.

City's 5-0 win over Liverpool in September was the first time they had scored five or more goals in a game against the Reds since March 1937.

"Liverpool is such an important game, to realise again if we are able to do big things in this season, in important stages, in the Champions League".

"Of course they're not".

Antonio Conte's Blues were held to a goalless draw in Wednesday night's Carabao Cup semi-final first leg with Arsenal.

"We have everything we need to go and get the right result". I don't want to sound disrespectful because I really liked him; he was five years here and since I came in he was always in the dressing room.

"We lost plenty of players at Dortmund".

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"We just try to do the things we do good and then we will see what happens".

Van Dijk showed Liverpool fans just how much he will bring to his new side with a commanding display on debut, as he bullied Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the full 90 minutes. Often, it is the players that are the harshest judges of abilities and personalities. "We have just brought in Virgil and what an incredible addition he has been in the short time he has been here, he has brought that air of confidence and his persona".

Asked what made his new side an attractive destination for a player who was also the subject of interest from Chelsea, the former Celtic man replied: "I think the size of the club, the fans, the players, the manager, the whole package here is wonderful". Everyone has to do what they have to do around it. "In a way, this is a bit frustrating for the others, but we just have to keep going".

It is hard to deny a player his wish to move to either of the true heavyweights of world football where winners' medals are as good as guaranteed and from a business viewpoint the sale of Coutinho for £142 million made sense.

Mark Hughes' sacking denies him the chance to return to the club where he made his name as a player but the former boss insists he left the Potters in decent shape, despite the shock FA Cup exit at Coventry that ultimately led to his exit. Obviously, Phil added to that, there is no doubt about that. Sadio Mane was sent off for a high challenge on Ederson which created great controversy in the following days, but nothing could be taken away from the Sky Blues, who were scintillating and ruthless in their performance. "We want to start winning trophies so that's the aim".

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