Liverpool supporters have called for the Reds to make a move for Kevin de Bruyne following UEFA’s decision to hand Manchester City a two-year ban from competing in European based competitions.
As reported by BBC Sport last night, back-to-back Premier League champions City have been banned from all European club competitions in 2020-21 and 2021-22 after being found to have committed serious breaches of UEFA’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations.
Pep Guardiola’s team have also been handed a €30 million (£25 million) fine with the decision set to be appealed by the Citizens to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
According to Manchester City correspondent for the Athletic, Sam Lee, City are still ‘confident of no ban’ and the club believe that the decision can still be overturned.
Stunned at City CL ban (2 seasons). Decision was due in December, everything indicated (on several sides) no ban. Big delay and now this 180. One thing I would say is that part of noise from top level at City was that they’re confident of no ban, even if it means they overturn it
— Sam Lee (@SamLee) February 14, 2020
The prospect of no Champions League action for two years could test some of the City players’ loyalty to the club and many Liverpool supporters have urged the club to capitalise on their rivals’ shortcomings by attempting to lure Guardiola’s star player Kevin de Bruyne to Anfield.
The 28-year-old Belgium international has established himself as one of the finest midfielders in world football following his move to City in 2015 when he joined from Wolfsburg for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £55m.
De Bruyne has clocked up 205 appearances for City in that period and has scored 48 goals whilst registering 84 assists.
Liverpool fans are eager to see the Belgian powerhouse swap Manchester for Merseyside and immediately expressed their desire on Twitter shortly after the announcement of City’s suspension.
Here is a look at some of the top reactions from Liverpool supporters…
Kevin De Bruyne when he sees LFC Twitter calling for Liverpool to sign him….. pic.twitter.com/3PBgWc3K4o
— Brad (@BobblyFirmino9) February 14, 2020
Kevin De Bruyne on his holidays as a kid.
— 30 Years Red (@YearsRed) February 14, 2020
Kevin De Bruyne welcome to lfc👏👏👏👏
— Errol Johnson (@ErrolJohnson18) February 14, 2020
Might be worthwhile putting on a cheeky bid for Kevin De Bruyne now #lfc
— Richard (@Ergenton) February 14, 2020
— Vaas (@neybryant) February 14, 2020
SIGN KEVIN DE BRUYNE, NOW @LFC
— Zeal (@AnfieldForce) February 14, 2020