De Jong blieves victory over Liverpool could see them qualify for the Champions League.
He said: “It’s a massive game for us and we know a win will dent one of our main rivals for a Champions League spot.”
He added: “I love the City fans and the fighting spirit they have – it’s something I can relate to.
“I noticed from the moment I arrived in Manchester how many Blues there were compared to Reds.
“This is a working-class city. The people are used to hard work and want to see players play in a way they would if they had the opportunity.
“I’m not the sort of player who will make a nice move during a game – in fact, I’d rather win a fair, crunching tackle than score a goal. That’s just how I am.
“I see the passion our fans have for this club. I totally relate to that.”