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

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

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

Referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot when Van Dijk brought down substitute Sane, Mahrez smashing his kick over the crossbar to leave the game deadlocked.

City had the flawless opportunity to end their awful run at Anfield but Mahrez, not particularly reliable from the spot, blazed his effort high into the stand. Maurizio Sarri's side have perhaps been underestimated, but they - like both City and Liverpool - have 20 points on the board after eight games.

The point moved the Blues back into top spot on goal difference with the Premier League now taking a two-week break for the global window. "He (Salah) is younger and it was his first year back in England since his time at Chelsea, so we will see in the future", said Guardiola, talking ahead of City's visit to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

Mahrez's late penalty miss means Liverpool has now gone four matches in all competitions without a victory.

"If you play so quick, they are much better than us", he told reporters.

Klopp says he has huge respect for the way in which City play under Guardiola and described it as "exciting" to face his teams.

"It is a very intense, unbelievable challenge to face Manchester City always - I've said that before - and as the last game of an hard period, it makes the challenge even bigger, so I am really happy with what the boys did", Klopp said.

The right-back Kyle Walker, meanwhile, was far more restrained than usual, slotting in nearly as a third central defender when Benjamin Mendy pushed forward down the left. Also, City have lost just one of their last 25 away games in the top flight, and they are yet to taste defeat in the PL this term.

"You can not ignore City in the preparation for a City game", Klopp said.

Liverpool's front three hasn't yet found the form of February and March yet this season with the wide players, Mohammed Salah in particular, diminished by the more defensive approach being adopted by the full-backs. It will be good experience for him, next time it will go in.

"I'm playing good football because we are playing good football". We were close, more than ever to winning here but it is better than last season, we didn't lose. "The start of the game was fantastic". The Champions League exit to the Reds in April was one of the rare occasions when the City boss has chosen to try to tame the opposition, rather than steamroller them using his own attacking principles.

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