It will take something special to stop Kevin De Bruyne winning Player of the Year.
The Belgian midfielder has been in inspirational form for Man City this season.
His passing, crossing and occasional long-range worldies have ensured Pep Guardiola’s philosophy has translated into success on the pitch.
This weekend, Liverpool have the unenviable task of nullifying the threat of De Bruyne, though some part of him may wish he was welcome in the home dressing room at Anfield.
Someone has dug out an interview with an 11-year-old De Bruyne in which the Gent academy player expresses his love for Liverpool.
“My favourite club is Liverpool and my favourite player is Michael Owen,” he says.
“And I would love to play there one day.”
The video always includes clips of KDB exhibiting his natural talent as a kid…
That last quote is bound to send the blood rushing to the nether regions of a few Liverpool fans.
Especially when you consider the fact that Jurgen Klopp was desperate to sign De Bruyne as a replacement for Mario Gotze during his time as Borussia Dortmund boss.
However, there’s nothing to suggest the 26-year-old’s loyalty to Man City is anything other than unwavering.
De Bruyne’s childhood affection for Liverpool is reinforced by the Guardian who claim he ‘slept in Liverpool bed linen, wore a tracksuit’ and describe a Michael Owen replica shirt as ‘the pride of his collection.’
A worthy reminder that Ballon d’Or winner Owen was a phenomenal player before his days as the world of punditry’s Captain Obvious.
Man City have not beaten Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League since 2003 — years before the oil money arrived.
Sunday brings the best chance the club have of breaking this hoodoo with City have stuffed the Reds 5-0 at the Etihad back in September.
As a boy, De Bruyne always dreamed of a Man of the Match display at Anfield… and he may well get his wish, albeit with a twist.