Man City midfielder looking forward to Liverpool clash

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.”