Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp: Nations League a 'senseless' competition

Jo Caldwell
October 8, 2018

"But as a player there is not much more that you can achieve than playing these type of games, because when you play them or when the atmosphere is like that, you know it's a big thing".

"But that's how it is".

But they were determined to end their dismal recent record at Anfield, where they have now failed to register a victory for 15 years - and were presented with a glorious opportunity five minutes from time when Virgil van Dijk brought down Leroy Sane in the box.

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A more reasonably hard and reasonably spaced-out set of games can see the reds return to playing with the zip of a month ago and keep their title challenge on track.

Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty - and Manchester City their chance of pulling ahead in the Premier League - as the champions could only draw 0-0 with Liverpool in a tightly contested game at Anfield on Sunday.

"The boys unfortunately go away again now and have to play Nations League games - the most senseless competition in the world of football!" "The start of the game was fantastic. Of course, the Liverpool fans want him to play bad and he wants to play good, but I won't [leave him out] for that reason".

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The Reds maintained their unbeaten top-flight start against Pep Guardiola's side yesterday, becoming the first team this season to prevent them from scoring and only the third to keep them out since the start of 2017-18. "Maybe we need two penalties to score one goal". In no game, we played so far, the game that kind of level like it was today. Both back fours bossed their area of the pitch and ensured their teams earned a valuable point, so praise them for it rather than muttering about negativity and "parking the bus". Don't lose the ball in the wrong moment, otherwise you have big problems. Even when we won 3-0 at home, 4-3, 2-1 at City, over the full match it was never like this. "The teams did well and we were a bit lucky with the penalty, of course, that is clear".

James Milner was forced to come off injured 29 minutes into the encounter with his former club, appearing to clutch his hamstring as he limped off.

Southampton manager Mark Hughes said he believed they paid Chelsea "too much respect" and pointed to a first-half miss by Danny Ings, who blasted over from a couple of meters, as a game-changer. City left-back Benjamin Mendy was yellow carded for pulling back Mohamed Salah, when the Liverpool forward threaten to go past him, but the Egypt global was unable to exert his influence on this match.

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