Stan Collymore has implored Liverpool to make a move for Kevin De Bruyne, and claimed that the Belgian is yet to play for a massive club during his career, in comments reported by the Sunday People (23/8; page 62).
De Bruyne will go down as one of the finest midfielders the Premier League has seen. He has provided 56 assists across the last four league campaigns, including 20 last term.
He was named Premier League Player of the Season for the year. Interestingly, Collymore claimed that he now needs to take a further step forward in his career.
And he suggested that a switch to Anfield could lead to a match made in heaven.
“De Bruyne hasn’t yet played for a massive club because Chelsea and Manchester City come with B-grade expectations,” he told The Sunday People (23/8; page 62).
“The only way he can really stamp his greatness on the game is by joining a club at which he’d have A* expectations and, at the height of his powers, there isn’t a better time for him to do that. De Bruyne would be the perfect fit for Liverpool,” he went on to add.
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There are, understandably, set to be plenty of Manchester City fans who strongly disagree with Collymore’s comments. It does seem strange to suggest that any side managed by Pep Guardiola has anything like B-grade expectations.
Meanwhile, a move to Liverpool is surely not going to happen anytime soon. And Jurgen Klopp may not thank Collymore for the suggestion.
As noted by the Daily Mirror last month, Klopp has already confirmed that Liverpool do not expect to spend large sums during this window.
In fairness to Collymore, he is probably well aware that such a move seems incredibly unlikely. He notes later in his piece that some of the greatest transfers have initially been written off as being impossible to imagine.
Perhaps it would be naive to say conclusively that De Bruyne joining Liverpool will not happen at any stage in the future.
But there is no question that most City fans will not lose any sleep over the idea at this stage, and Liverpool supporters will probably be just as dismissive of the suggestion.