Liverpool’s first trip as Premier League champions demonstrated one to overlook as Guardiola’s deposed City ran out 4-0 victors at the Etihad Stadium.
De Bruyne opened home a 25th-minute penalty after Joe Gomez fouled Raheem Sterling, who multiplied the house side’s bit of leeway against his old managers 10 minutes after the fact.
Phil Foden made it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain transformed Sterling’s shot into his own net to finish the scoring.
The last two objectives highlighted commonly exact De Bruyne leaves in the work behind and the Belgium midfielder underlined his case for being the Premier League’s remarkable player against undeniably the division’s exceptional group this season.
“He is a great player. An outrageously decent player. He has something exceptional,” Guardiola told correspondents a while later.
“He can run, the vision he has. The character he shows at this moment, scoring four penalty in succession when we battled this season with them.
“At this moment in the midfield position is the best.
“Obviously he can show signs of improvement. How? He knows it.