Guardiola hasn’t seen a performance like Bernardo Silva's for a long time.

Guardiola was delighted with Silva's output against the Reds.

Fabinho and Bernardo Silva.
Fabinho and Bernardo Silva (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola hailed Bernardo Silva's "incredible" display following Manchester City's victory over Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Silva was in fine form on Thursday night as his performance helped the Citizens hand a first league defeat of the season to Liverpool in a 2-1 triumph at the Etihad.

The Portugal international claimed an assist and ran 13.7kilometres – more than any Premier League player this season. 

City manager told reporters of the Portuguese as Givemesport quoted: "He did everything, he won all his duels.

"He's the smallest one. He showed again you don't need to be – of course I would prefer to have a taller team, or more physical team than we have, but our way is what we think about and he was incredible.

"I haven't see a performance like he did, in all terms, in a long time, and not just with the ball because he's precise, he' clean, he's clever.

"He fought with [Virgil] Van Dijk in the air, making his duel uncomfortable. He was incredible."

Guardiola also reserved praise for Aymeric Laporte who impressed in the left-back position. 

"I admire the players who do everything for the team, even play positions they aren't comfortable with," the Spaniard added.

"Don't forget, these two seasons we play without a typical left back, [Fabian] Delph a midfielder, [Oleksandr] Zinchenko a number 10 and Laporte today.

"That's why when I talk many things of how pleased I am with these guys, it's for these kinds of things. Did he have the best performance? No. He made incredible passes when he was safe? No.

"But you understand playing that position with [Mohamed] Salah, then [Sadio] Mane in the second half, it's not easy for anyone. They destroy everybody. but Vinny [Vincent Kompany], John [Stones] and Laporte played quite well."