De Bruyne, who has been one among City’s most artistic gamers this season, was not at his finest and largely nameless as he performed in a extra central, superior place to regular.
Pep Guardiola began with Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan in deep-lying midfield roles with De Bruyne forward of them.
Guardiola was fuming with refereeing selections in the course of the match, particularly when no penalty was given for an obvious handball by Trent Alexander-Arnold, however, Mourinho was not a fan of the best way the City aspect was arrange.
‘I think City’s too good to be now crying for every week about an incident and they need to give attention to the sport and what they might do higher,’ the previous Chelsea supervisor advised Sky Sports.
‘I didn’t like in the course of the recreation the place of De Bruyne, even by the offensive viewpoint the crew misplaced lots with him taking part in in this place that isn’t his pure place.
‘Defensively in the first goal he doesn’t have to be apprehensive with the centre-backs, I believe he has to compact, and if he is compact then Fabinho just isn’t free to rating.
‘I just think that the way normally City plays, [David] Silva didn’t play for some damage state of affairs, and by taking part in Gundogan, the crew has instantly a unique profile.
‘When De Bruyne plays as a midfielder on the right he gives much more of a connection with the attacking players.’
The defeat on Merseyside has left City 9 factors behind the league leaders after simply 12 matches and in fourth place in the division.
De Bruyne had spoken earlier than the sport about how a lot he enjoys taking part in away at Liverpool, though his opinion might have modified after Sunday night.
‘I like Anfield a lot. I love people being on you, being noisy, that is what it’s all about,’ stated the Belgian.
‘I love the passion of football. If you are somebody who wants to compete for titles and win, these are the games you want to play.’