Silva appeared 35 times as City retained the Premier League title last season. The 27-year-old started in all 11 of their Champions League clashes, with Guardiola’s side dramatically losing the semi-final against Real Madrid.
The Portugal international scored 13 goals and provided a further seven assists across all competitions. City losing a player as important as Silva could dent their title aspirations ahead of next season, even though they have upgraded their striking options by signing Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.
Liverpool will therefore hope that northwest rivals United do them a favour by paying Barca what they want for De Jong.
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