Kevin De Bruyne has labelled what Liverpool have been doing this season as ‘crazy.’
The Manchester City midfielder scored a remarkable four times as City pummelled Wolverhampton Wanderers last night. Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, De Bruyne reacted to the way Liverpool have pushed his team all season.
“It’s a little bit crazy the standards we both set, you can only respect it,” he said.
“They’ve played everything until the end of the season. We know how hard that is and I think both teams have ultimate respect and we play hard, that’s the only thing that we can do.”
De Bruyne has been exceptional over recent weeks. His four goals last night look to have done irreparable damage to Liverpool’s title challenge.
Title chances slipping away
Liverpool’s late win against Aston Villa on Tuesday night gave them hope that they could still pip Man City to the Premier League title.
There was some expectation going into the game that City may have a difficult night away to Wolves. That hope was obliterated inside the opening half and hour as the excellent De Bruyne bagged a hat-trick.
City further inflated their goal difference with a final score of 5-1.
The result leaves The Reds three points adrift of De Bruyne and co. Now with a goal difference seven better than Liverpool, it looks like an uphill battle for Jurgen Klopp’s men with just two games to go.
Not impossible yet
It certainly isn’t impossible that Liverpool can overturn that. But City have the bit between their teeth. They know that wins from games against West Ham United and Aston Villa will hand them the title.
Liverpool on the other hand now have to be perfect and hope either West Ham or Villa, or ideally both, can stop the Guardiola juggernaut.
They’ll also have to make sure that their two wins are big ones, to cancel out the goal difference.
The Reds have an FA Cup final on Saturday before heading to Southampton on Tuesday evening. It now feels that Liverpool would be best served putting their eggs in the cup final baskets.
Not over just yet then, but De Bruyne has done more than anyone to see to it that it surely won’t be long before it is. His words here show a genuine respect for The Reds though, if only he’d have joined his boyhood club instead.