Vincent Kompany has controversially admitted his final Premier League title victory with Manchester City last season was all the more sweeter because it broke Liverpool hearts.
City and Liverpool engaged in a thrilling battle during the 2018/19 camapign, in which City and Kompany ultimately came out of on top and won the division by a single point.
And now, after leaving City following their historic treble season, Kompany has outlined why winning in the title in such circumstances was even more special.
'I had a good friend who was at Liverpool for their game against Wolves that day,' Kompany wrote in his upcoming book, as report the Sun.
'After we had won and we'd celebrated, I rang him to ask how their crowd had reacted when Brighton took the lead against us.
'He told me it was like a party inside the ground and that some of their supporters were crying in the stands saying, 'We're going to do it'.
'When I heard that, I realised it was worth us having a scare just to spoil their day that little bit.'
The rivalry has picked up again this season, with Liverpool leading the Premier League by six points after having gone the whole season thus far undefeated.
It marks a dynamic shift for the two sides, who meet at Anfield on Sunday in a top-of-the-table showdown.
Whereas City emerged as a threat to neighbours Manchester United several years ago, it is now Liverpool with whom they share the heavyweight ring.
Kompany notes how this has changed for the players, who have been with City long enough to experience the switch in landscape.
'It's funny, because I remember during 2012 when we first won the league that I was getting a lot of messages from Liverpool fans telling me that we had to beat United to the title,' Kompany added.
'They didn't want Alex Ferguson to win another one as they didn't want them to reach 20 league titles. During that season, it felt that neutrals from all over England were saying they didn't want United to win another league title.
'But as the years have gone by, we've ended up in this surreal position where we had the whole of Manchester, Reds included, wanting us to do well when Liverpool were our main rivals.'