Kevin de Bruyne & Mo Salah showed their class, says Danny Murphy.

Former Liverpool star and pundit gives his verdict on who will become Premier League champions.

De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling. (Image: Reuters)

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy says Kevin de Bruyne and Mohamed Salah showed their quality when it really mattered on Sunday, despite the pair not reaching top form compared to last season.


De Bruyne, who recently returned from injury, created two of Manchester City's three goals and put in a top class performance as Pep Guardiola's Citizens secured an easy victory over Crystal Palace.


And, hours later Salah scored a stunning goal against Chelsea at Anfield, two minutes after Sadio Mane broke the deadlock against the Blues as Liverpool moved back to the top of the Premier League table.


Salah and Mane [Clive Brunskill]

However, Former Reds midfielder Murphy explains how important both players were to their side on Sunday, adding they will have a big part to play in the title race.


Murphy told BBC Sport: "Injuries have spoilt De Bruyne's season so far, which tells you how wonderful City's squad is.


"Although they have been without someone who for me was the best midfielder of last season, and arguably the best player in any position full-stop, the destiny of the title is still in their hands.


"But what was also hugely evident against Palace was that, when De Bruyne is playing at his best, he is not far off being unstoppable.



"His ability to see a pass and open up teams is as good as any midfielder in the world, which he showed yet again with the way he set up City's opener for Raheem Sterling.


"Of course he has got a tenacious side too, and is willing to tackle back for the team, but that is the same for every City player. What De Bruyne brings is that extra quality on the ball that some of the others don't have.


"In the situation City are in now, chasing the quadruple, they are going to have some close games that might be decided in a single moment by someone who can be calm and see the all-important pass.



"For them it is all about who can make the difference when it is maybe 0-0 with 10 minutes to go in a big game - and De Bruyne is that man.


"Whether it be with a cross, a pass, a defence-splitting through-ball, a set-play or a strike from long range, you know that he will deliver. He can do the lot, and he makes it look easy.


"Whatever City win in the next few weeks, De Bruyne is going to play a massive part because, when he plays, they are a better team.


Son Heung-min's goal was the difference on Tuesday. [Getty]

"The good news for them is that not only will he be fresh for the run-in, he also looks like he is finally getting back to full fitness and his best form.


"Pep Guardiola only brought him on right at the end of Tuesday's Champions League defeat by Tottenham, but I would be amazed if he is not in another starting line-up in the next few weeks."



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