Pep Guardiola dreams of helping Kevin De Bruyne reach Lionel Messi's level


City themselves are nearly ideal in the Premier League, having dropped just two points from their opening eight matches, with De Bruyne at the forefront of a creative hub that has already rattled in 29 goals over that period.

Guardiola is reluctant however to burden De Bruyne, 26, with comparisons with Messi, who has won the Ballon d'Or four times. If you want to be considered one of the best, you have to win titles and we are here to help Kevin achieve that.

"He is one of the best by far, he is someone who produced a lot of actions". We are here to help him achieve that. Speaking after the game he said: "Clearly I would say that after being beaten 7-2 but they look significantly better than anybody else in the league in terms of our experience". I would love not only Kevin but all the players I have in the past to get to the level of Messi.

"But I don't want to put pressure on". A humble guy, all his team-mates love him.

At Anfield, the match-up between England's two most illustrious teams failed to deliver again, though it needed a wonder save from United goalkeeper David de Gea to earn the visitors a point and maintain their unbeaten start to the season after eight games.

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"Messi is apart. He has scored 60 goals every season for eight or nine years".

Liverpool, despite being much the better side, were blunt in attack, failing to convert any of their 19 attempts on goal. "They do many things and do them perfectly". He said: "They are all very quick good players especially Jose Callejon, who makes the runs in behind your defence".

Sergio Aguero, an unused substitute on Saturday, could figure in some part of tomorrow's game after impressing Guardiola with his fitness in training despite fracturing a rib less than three weeks ago.

New manager Roy Hodgson celebrated his first win in charge as Palace finally got in the scoresheet - a Cesar Azpilicueta own goal had given them an early lead before Tiemoue Bakayoko equalised - after 731 minutes without a league goal. "I'm playing under a great manager and a great team", he said.