The Belgian playmaker – superb throughout – made it six goals in his last six games with his deflected effort against the Merseysiders.
That takes his tally to 14 for the season – just two shy of his career best campaign tallies of 16 set in 2014/15 with Wolfsburg and 2019/20 with City.
De Bruyne, who is closing in on 300 City appearances, believes this latest tussle with Liverpool will go to the last game of the season.
“I think regardless of the result on Sunday the title race was always going to go until the end,” said De Bruyne.
“We are aware of Liverpool’s quality, their level and that they are going to push us until the end.
“Obviously when it is a big game more people look at it but in the end I want to win every game.
“I think I enjoyed the occasion, I enjoyed the atmosphere. But I think as a team we played very well and that is all that matters.
“I think in this moment in time, we have a little bit of regret because I think we had the upper hand in the game..
“Obviously, we know that Liverpool has quality and when they create a chance they are dangerous.
“I think we played really well as a team and I think we could have scored more. The team did really well defensively and offensively so that is really good.
“The only disappointment is that we didn't manage to win. As I say, I think we played really well and we deserved to win, but we didn't score enough of the many chances we created.
“That is the only regret we can have, because for the rest, the team has been fantastic, both offensively and defensively.
“We have played really well, but in football, sometimes this happens. We only missed one goal.”