Bernardo Silva shines again

Manchester City's 2-2 draw at Anfield a fortnight ago looked like a game between the best two sides in the league, and Liverpool enhanced their credentials by thumping Watford 5-0 in the early kick-off.

Central to their dominance was more brilliance from Mo Salah, who looks to be in unstoppable form.

Pep Guardiola's side has always been more about the collective yet they still need moments of individual brilliance to make the difference in games when they are struggling to find a breakthrough.

That man increasingly looks like another left-footed wizard as Bernardo Silva picked up where he left off before the international break.

In one particularly madcap incident he volleyed away a clearance from a corner to opposition goalkeeper Nick Pope just inside the Burnley half then, as everyone else waited for the ball to be pumped back in, the City dynamo sprinted half the pitch to close Pope down.

As important though was him popping up with the first goal. City need their players to chip in with as many as they can in the absence of a striker, and those that do score are more likely to stay in the team for the next game.

City off colour but show champion quality

Raheem Sterling was given a start and failed to do much talking with his performance - but he was far from the only one.

Kevin De Bruyne seemed to slow the team down whenever he got the ball in an uncharacteristically sluggish performance - even if he did hammer home the second goal - Riyad Mahrez was well below his best and Aymeric Laporte probably made more mistakes in this game than he has all season.

It wasn't great, but the three points that were needed were still obtained. For all the fireworks from Liverpool earlier in the day, they won't end the weekend any further ahead.

Brugge in mind

Tell me you're prioritising Club Brugge without telling me you're prioritising Club Brugge.

Guardiola did exactly that with his team selection against Burnley, leaving Ruben Dias and Kyle Walker to give John Stones and Nathan Ake the opportunity to impress. With Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho also on the bench, it meant that City had their fourth captain skippering for the day in De Bruyne.

As difficult as Burnley can be, the manager clearly has eyes on the Champions League group after suffering a rare defeat to PSG on their last outing in the competition. Beat Brugge home and away and their mini table will look considerably less tricky.

Cornet proves a handful

Guardiola has already had many a nightmare thanks to Maxwell Cornet.

The Ivorian scored three goals for Lyon against the Blues in two Champions League group games against the Blues in 2018 and was also on the scoresheet in the 2020 quarter-final that should still haunt City on the back of them knocking Real Madrid out of the competition.

A summer signing for Burnley, Cornet gave City more problems with his pace and movement unsettling Joao Cancelo and forcing two good interventions from Zack Steffen in the first half.