After City draw, Liverpool's Klopp slams 'senseless' Nations League

08 October, 2018, 20:58 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • James Milner Liverpool Man City

He noted that his England midfielder Jordan Henderson had barely two weeks' rest following the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Liverpool's 0-0 draw with Man City may not have been a Premier League classic, but some interesting statistics came out of the game.

"Now the players go off and play the Nations League which is the most senseless competition in the world of football", said Klopp, who urged the soccer authorities to look at the issue of players being overused.

Craig Bellamy suggested it should be down to the manager to decide who steps up: 'Well sometimes, I've been with managers when they let the players sort it out themselves.

"It's tough times for the boys, eh?" That's the way that we play, we play quite an energetic game.

"Somebody asked me: 'Is the level of the game because of the intensity?' Already in the question, there is criticism; it could have been better if you were fresher".

"If you want to see fresher (players), give them a summer break", he said. But that's how it is.


"As a team you know Liverpool will punish our mistakes, and at the back we controlled it very well".

The top-of-the-table clash failed to live up to its billing with both sides, the top two Premier League scorers last season, nearly reluctant to commit to full attacking mode for fear of what the other team might do to them if they opened up too much.

"He has quality, very important ones in the physical and technical [aspects], now he is improving in the tactical point of view".

The blessed relief of a last-gasp penalty miss saw Liverpool play out a scoreless draw against the visiting Manchester City at Anfield this evening and finish out the last in a punishing run of fixtures that saw them play seven games in 22 days.

But to the Brazilian's disappointment, Pep Guardiola signalled Mahrez to take the spot kick which he promptly sent high and wide.

Asked if the Liverpool squad were feeling exhausted, Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports: "No, I wouldn't say so". "Like Riyad, I've been practicing [the penalties]".

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