Vincent Kompany says if it was up to him, he’d rest compatriot Kevin De Bruyne against Liverpool on Thursday night despite Manchester City trailing their opponents by seven points in the title race.
Pep Guardiola announced earlier on Wednesday that De Bruyne has trained and has a good chance of featuring against Liverpool, but will undergo a fitness test in the morning before a final decision is made.
For club captain Kompany though, he believes resting De Bruyne and taking no risks could benefit the Blues in the long-term, with much left to play for this campaign.
“We all know Kevin’s strengths and his ability to change a game. I really don’t know what physical state he is in,” Kompany told Sky Sports.
“He seems to be alright but in a way I feel this season still has so much to offer. If I had to decide myself, what I would prefer is for Kevin to be fit for the rest of the season.
“Everybody is focused on Liverpool but there is much more we’ll need him for.”