Liverpool's total of 97 points was the highest of any runner-up in history.
Does De Bruyne feel any sympathy for Jurgen Klopp's side?
"No," is his brutally honest answer. "It's a remarkable effort, but it means that we were just better than them in the end.
"I don't feel sorry for them, because I don't think they'd feel sorry for us. I don't think anybody felt sorry about the way we went out of the Champions League.
"You take it. I know how they feel, because you're going to feel disappointed.
"It's been a great battle. But to feel sorry for them is maybe going a little too far."