Bernardo Silva’s performances for Manchester City this season have slipped under the radar to some degree.
In 2020/21, the Portuguese midfielder was decidedly average and was even demoted to the bench by manager Pep Guardiola on occasions.
But this season, Silva is back to his dynamic best and if you don’t believe that, just ask Chelsea fans.
During City’s priceless 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge last weekend, the former AS Monaco man was the star of the show and Thomas Tuchel’s side just couldn’t live with him.
And against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, Silva once again displayed his famous dribbling skills that had left Chelsea players scratching their heads in disbelief.
Midway through the first half at Anfield, the silky playmaker picked up the ball near the halfway line and was instantly surrounded by members of Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Silva had no support, but he somehow managed to escape from the situation and drove towards the penalty area.
He then danced past Virgil van Dijk, before playing a perfectly-weighted pass into the path of Phil Foden.
Sadly, the Englishman couldn’t beat Alisson Becker, robbing us of one of the greatest assists in Premier League history.
But we can still enjoy Silva’s dazzling display of dribbling and footage of it is available to watch below.
Video: Silva turns into prime Lionel Messi vs Liverpool
Outrageous stuff from the man aptly nicknamed ‘Bubblegum’ for his superhuman-like close control.
When he’s at his best, Silva is simply a joy to watch and it seems remarkable that there were rumours of City being willing to offload him in the summer.
Right now, the 27-year-old is one of the first names on Guardiola’s team sheet…