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De Bruyne signed for Chelsea from Genk for a fee of £7 million in 2012 but he only made nine appearances in all competitions for the Blues. "They punish you in your mistakes because they are so fast, so direct and that's a good challenge for us".

"I'm not really somebody who speaks a lot with coaches".

"Their movement is a joy to watch at times, and as a defender you need to be aware of that, but hopefully we'll be attacking as well and we can push them back into areas where they don't want to go".

And City know all too well the havoc they can cause as all three were on target in City's only league defeat of the season so far as Liverpool ran out 4-3 winners at Anfield in January. "But obviously, they have a big advantage".

Liverpool's players were spurred on by the raucous atmosphere at Anfield on Wednesday night, and De Bruyne is hoping his side will experience similar in front of their own fans next week.

It's the one we've been waiting for: City's European adventure continues with a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final first leg and unsurprisingly, it's the topic on everyone's lips.

Not exactly the environment for a young player like De Bruyne to thrive in - we can be pretty sure Chelsea would do things differently in hindsight. The last player I know who had the same influence on a team performance was Diego Maradona. We have a lot of confidence in our qualities so we'll see.

Liverpool issued a public apology to their opponents and have said they "cooperate fully with the authorities" to identify the supporters involved. First is Saturday, it's another game.

However, De Bruyne played down the seriousness of the incident. "It's our way to prepare for games, the music is on before the game and after, so it's not like, because we won, we're going to change, it's just because it's the thing we do, it's the thing that gets us relaxed, maybe".

"I think there is nearly no game where my standard has dropped, so I have been very constant, and I am very happy with myself. In the end, it's just the way it is, because lot of teams put music on and we hear it also, so I don't think it's disrespectful".