"He has had a long career at the top, won the Copa America".
And when the two sides faced each other at the Etihad Stadium back in January, Guardiola came out with a line that summed up the common sentiment: "Everybody is asking what happens if we lose".
However, Alisson took it in his stride and said it allowed him to have his own pre-season after missing out in the close season due to his worldwide commitments, where he helped Brazil win the Copa America on home soil.
"The history speaks for itself, it's something special, but I think it's more for the quality of the team and what they do, the quality of the players and the manager they have".
Guardiola's self-belief stops well short of hubris, with the Catalonian remaining realistic enough to know the margins are small for his side.
But De Bruyne says they will move on from that match and prepare for their top-of-the-table clash in the same way they get ready for every game.
The closeness of the duel between Liverpool and City over recent seasons means that Sunday's game brings with it an added incentive, Firmino feels.
"We can't be half and half". We know that. But that is the point. The only chance we have is if we play like we are and try to create chances to score goals. "I hope it will be a great game and that we can do our best".
Liverpool fans are sure to crank up the volume as they bid to win their first ever Premier League crown and end a 30-year wait for a top-flight title.
"I prefer to play in [a big atmosphere] than when there is nobody".
A win for City would pull them within three points of Jurgen Klopp and company.
"And, of course, with the years the rivalry has grown more, and in this match it will not be different". If you see Liverpool, they lost one game last season and this season they are unbeaten. "Statistics are okay but it is a game, it's about 94 minutes, 95, 96 and what you have to do to beat them".