Once again, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola look set to push each other all the way in a title race between now and May, with their respective sides taking up the top two spots in the table.
The Reds pushed Man City to the final day of the season in both 2018/19 and 2021/22, as well as triumphing at the expense of the Citizens at record-breaking speed in 2019/20.
De Bruyne doesn’t envisage it being quite so straightforward this time, listing three sides who he feels are capable of keeping the pace in the coming weeks.
“But I’d say even [Aston] Villa and Tottenham are close.
“We will be fighting with five for the moment. There’s a little pressure anyway to do well, but there’s no point looking at what’s going to happen in two months.
“We need to win games now and try to enjoy it. We know what we need to do. The pressure is always there, but we’re ready to fight again until the end.”
De Bruyne’s side do have a game in hand on the Reds, but they also have to come to Anfield for what promises to be a huge clash on March 10.
It remains wide open at the top, but Liverpool and Man City have repeatedly shown themselves to be the two most capable of surviving the rigours of a full 38-game campaign.