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Kristopher Love | 09 October, 2018, 09:24

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. The Reds looked a little jaded midweek in the Champions League encounter away to Napoli, a game which they eventually lost 1-0 after a stoppage-time strike from Lorenzo Insigne.

The good news for Liverpool is that, now the defensive problems seem to have been solved, they can win matches even when the front three aren't performing.

Manchester City and Liverpool, two of the most prolific attacking sides in Europe and contenders to win the Premier League and more, faced off at Anfield on Sunday in league play, and it was a match that was expected to bring a least a couple goals.

Liverpool will be looking to getting back to winning ways, having gone without a victory in their last three games in all competitions.

Jurgen Klopp has tended to get the better of Pep Guardiola in their recent battles.

"We were very strong defensively", he added.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp took aim at UEFA's new Nations League competition, labelling it "senseless", after his side headed into the global break with a home draw against Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday. We were all disappointed with Wednesday as a 90 minutes as a whole, so we wanted to get off to a fast start. They probably controlled it a bit more in the second half and had a bit more composure when we were rushing it. Unfortunately, the deadlock wasn't broken.

"After the worldwide break there are three important games against Huddersfield, Red Star [Belgrade] and Cardiff so we want to be ready for that".

It also extended Liverpool's run without conceding a home league goal to 811 minutes. We have to all keep going and now it is internationals. Liverpool have a fantastic opportunity to grab a sixth clean sheet of the season at the John Smiths Stadium in a couple of weeks.

Silva's pass sent Mahrez, preferred to Sane, running through the middle but his angled shot rolled past the far post while a frustrated Aguero, who has never scored in his 10 games at Anfield, was replaced by Gabriel Jesus with 25 minutes remaining and retired to the bench with his hood pulled up.

"As a unit, it's all of us. We want to do it collectively".