De Bruyne fires subtle swipe at Liverpool with tweet as City thrash Newcastle

Kevin de Bruyne took a subtle swipe at Liverpool with a cheeky tweet after Manchester City edged ahead of their title rivals on Sunday.

The Reds dropped precious points against Tottenham on Saturday night – and the reigning Premier League champions took full advantage by smashing Newcastle 5-0 at the Etihad to open up a three-point lead over their rivals at the top of the table.

Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Phil Foden were all on target in the resounding win, which was started and finished with goals from Raheem Sterling. Despite not getting on the scoresheet, De Bruyne was influential for City throughout the match – and the Belgian maestro couldn't resist taking a cheeky dig at Liverpool on social media later that night.

After Liverpool briefly leapfrogged City at the top of the table last week, the Premier League tweeted an assortment of pictures of the Reds win with the caption: "One step closer," only for the tweet to be deleted.

But after fans asked where City's own version of the tweet was after they edged back into pole position for the title, De Bruyne took it upon himself to do the honours – leaving City fans delighted.

De Bruyne's cheeky post came just hours after City boss Pep Guardiola upped the ante in the title race by launching a sensational attack on Liverpool in his post-match press conference.

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The City chief brought up the Reds agonising 30-year title drought and even claimed that his side were up against it because "everyone supports Liverpool".

He told beIN SPORTS:“Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone, of course because Liverpool has an incredible history behind in European competition – not in Premier Leagues, because they’ve won one in 30 years – but it’s not a problem at all.

“The situation is what it is. We need to do nine points or maybe six right now, it depends what happens in the next two games in terms of goal difference, but now Wednesday is the real, real final for us. We are going to try to win there. Our destiny is in our hands and this is important. We have to look at ourselves. With one point or three points, nothing’s changed. We have to do it.”

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