Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

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

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

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has blasted the Nations League as "the most senseless competition in the world of football" following his side's 0-0 draw with Manchester City, inferring that their lacklustre encounter arose from worldwide fatigue.

Leroy Sane was brought down Virgil van Dijk in the area late on in the game and City's most expensive signing grabbed the ball of Gabriel Jesus, who had replaced usual penalty taker Sergio Aguero as a substitute. It will be good experience for him, next time it will go in. The last edition of this Premier League fixture saw Liverpool win 4-3, and the five most recent clashes have all featured at least three goals. The penalty and one or two situations that need a really good save, that is true, but we played City now that often and they are just outstanding.

Mahrez should have hit the target on the hour-mark, but pulled his effort wide of the post, then Salah shot straight at Ederson as the game finally opened up in the second half.

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"It is an unbelievable challenge to face Man City and as the last game it makes the challenge even bigger", Klopp said.

"If it's up and down quickly they are much, much better-they are maybe the best team in the world running these transitions, offensive-defensively". The goalkeeper. We can not forget against which team we compete and we made that performance.

"So there's nothing better than playing these type of games".

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"The start in the game was fantastic and I liked it, but if you want to win against City you have to use a few of these half-chances or whatever it is in these moments".

It was billed as the biggest game of the season so far but it failed to live up to those expectations as, until the last 15 minutes, both sides appeared reluctant to commit to all-out attack for fear of what the consequences at the other end may be.

"We know how complicated it is to play this team in this stadium. He was on the pitch when the first penalty was not given", the City manager said. We had our chance. At first in real time, I thought "penalty" as the Dutchman's hand was in an unnatural position. "That's why we controlled it so good today". "We were close, more than ever to winning here but it is better than last season when we lose and especially when we try to be ourselves all the time", he added.

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