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Jurgen Klopp blasts 'senseless' Nations League

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Kristopher Love | 08 October, 2018, 20:56

Klopp said players need a proper break to be fresher, pointing to the case of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson who played for England at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Sunday's 0-0 draw at home to Premier League rivals Manchester City was Liverpool's seventh game in three weeks.

The German coach was pleased with a point from Sunday's top of the table clash with City, which left the pair level with Chelsea on 20 points and ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

He's a footballer who plays in the position of striker and so it really isn't very surprising that scoring goals is pretty much his modus operandi and probably his favourite thing to do in the world.

"My respect for Pep Guardiola couldn't be bigger, he is the world's best manager and that makes it so hard, but so exciting to play his teams".

"It's tough times for the boys, eh?" I thought how we defended was brilliant.

"If you want to see fresher (players), give them a summer break", he said.

"But that's how it is".

His struggles at Anfield go on, however, even though a point was a perfectly respectable result at the weekend. "You have to call the manager of any country and say, "Can you leave players out?' and he says, 'I am under pressure as well", said Klopp.

Riyad Mahrez's late missed penalty could prove to be a key moment in the title race, however, in what could have been a cruel blow for Jurgen Klopp's side.

It took until the 62nd minute for both teams to register a shot on target as they cancelled each other out, before City were given a golden opportunity when Virgil van Dijk was adjudged to have upended Leroy Sane in the penalty area. "The start of the game was fantastic. Don't write Chelsea out but they need a real 'goal-getter".

"I've said it a few times, that if we couldn't be champions last season then Manchester City are very welcome", Klopp told Sky Sports. That's the way that we play, we play quite an energetic game. "It showed we can do both - have the ball and be very strong as well".

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.

But according to Sarri, it is still far too early to talk of Chelsea as title hopefuls.