The feel-good factor of Silva proudly showing off his healthy baby boy who arrived prematurely last December was seized upon by the City's swashbuckling band of football globetrotters, who chose to use their opening home of the new campaign to treat their fans to an exhibition of passing, engaging football.
Yet Guardiola's enthusiasm for two more of his midfield maestros suggests that despite the cloud that the loss of the brilliant De Bruyne has left hanging over the Etihad, he can see a "Silva lining".
Manchester City midfielder David Silva marked his 250th Premier League appearance with a stunning free-kick against Huddersfield, but a special guest stole the show before the match kicked off.
De Bruyne was given three weeks off after the World Cup, having played over 500 minutes of action in helping Belgium reach the semi-finals at Russian Federation 2018. They don't fit into the system Klopp wants.
"They've broken the world record to bring the goalkeeper, Alisson, in. Nobody need worry about Man City and their quality, there's still a lot there".
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City should face significantly more pressure this season, however, with Liverpool adding a number of new faces to the squad that reached the 17-18 Champions League final.
Ilkay Gundogan blasted an effort from the edge of the area that cannoned to safety, and then David Silva's superb angled cross was headed into the side-netting by Aguero.
He also noted that now it was "Bernardo and 10 players more" such was his level of play.
"Last season Huddersfield played five at the back".
But Guardiola believes David Silva too could be rejuvenated now that he has made a decision to end his distinguished World Cup-winning worldwide career.
For Mahrez, it might have been a humbling experience to be dropped to the bench in only the second Premier League game of the season but such is the strength in depth, as City try to compete for four trophies. But, I doubt they will be as impressive as City were today.