Kevin de Bruyne closing in on Manchester City return, says Pep Guardiola

According to a UK Sun report, the Frenchman was among the 80,000 fans that watched the Anthony Joshua fight at Wembley on Saturday night, suggesting the defender attended his appointment at the City Football Academy late the following day.

However, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss warned: "But it is only September". He will be important for us.

'With our spirit, the way we play, I believe so much in our guys.

"Now it's Hoffenheim [on Tuesday in the Champions League], and after that we are going to prepare [for Liverpool], and after that we're going to prepare for Burnley".

While he isn't one to wish for rival players to get injured, Klopp will be buoyed by the news that Sergio Aguero might miss the Anfield clash as he struggles with a foot complaint. I spoke with him but it is not a problem with his physical condition.

Aguero scored City's crucial second goal on 65 minutes before he was substituted for Gabriel Jesus. We are controlling, fighting but he needs time. "Now we have two games before the global break, hopefully, he can do those and, after, make a final recovery".

After Bernardo Silva had carried the ball into Brighton's half, he fed Aguero who in turn set Sane free wide on the left.

Sterling's superbly-timed return pass left Aguero with the relatively simple task of scoring from 10 yards.

Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan denied Sterling and Fernandinho before the break as City moved through the gears.

Two of City's three wins at home this season against teams outside the big six have been by at least three goals, although their strike-rate in that category last season was only 50%, so it is far from assured that trend will continue, especially against Hughton's well-organised team.

On his side's meeting with Brighton this weekend, Guardiola added: 'They have been together a long time, they know what they have to do. With (Manchester) United they are the most historic team in England. "We are going to try again".

  • Stacy Allen