Manchester City may just about have one hand on the Premier League trophy after Kevin De Bruyne took Wolves to the cleaners in a 5-1 win at Molineux.

The superstar midfielder bagged four goals on the night, with Raheem Sterling netting City’s other, making an early Leander Dendoncker equaliser obsolete.

De Bruyne really is on fire

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De Bruyne really is on fire

It was a virtuoso performance from De Bruyne, who fired in a stunning treble inside the opening 24 minutes of the match, and he paid paying tribute to new signing Erling Haaland after his third.

Pep Guardiola’s men took the lead on seven minutes as De Bruyne latched onto a through ball before stroking through the legs of Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

After Dendoncker equalised for the home side, De Bruyne restored City’s lead as he smashed in a loose ball, which deflected into the net.

De Bruyne’s third was the pick of the bunch as he crashed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

His celebration had a more than familiar feel to it as he put both hands up in a meditation celebration, much like Haaland has done in previous matches.

City’s new £51million goal-scoring sensation was mocked by Paris Saint-Germain’s players for his ‘yoga’ pose, but De Bruyne was clearly handing out a sign of respect.

It looks like De Bruyne was foreshadowing Haaland’s arrival

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It looks like De Bruyne was foreshadowing Haaland’s arrival

Haaland is sometimes partial to a meditation celebration. Maybe he and De Bruyne can do one together next season

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Haaland is sometimes partial to a meditation celebration. Maybe he and De Bruyne can do one together next season

De Bruyne added his fourth on the hour mark, before increased City’s goal difference lead over Liverpool to +7, which may be enough to ward off the threat of the Reds.

Unless Jurgen Klopp’s side conduct a hammering of their own in their remaining two games, they’re likely to need City to drop points in both of their final games.

Earlier in the week, Guardiola won the race for one of football’s hottest properties earlier this week, with his team securing a bargain deal for the Borussia Dortmund star.

And despite De Bruyne clearly being delighted by the prospect of such a machine in front of him next season, the 21-year-old Norwegian would have hardly needed against Wolves.

Instead, the Belgian midfielder looked like one of the best finishers on the planet with his outrageous four goals dampening Liverpool’s hopes of an unprecedented quadruple.

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