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

08 October, 2018, 12:55 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Jurgen Klopp has an impressive managerial record against Pep Guardiola

Jurgen Klopp's side now sit level on points with Man City at the top of the Premier League table. Though neither side were able to create a clear opening. "I'm just playing good football because we are playing good football", he said.

"We hope that they come back healthy and play these easy competitions - the Premier League, the Champions League and all this".

He has never produced his best form at his old club - losing all four games with City - and was a substitute for their most recent clash in April, when City were beaten 3-0 in the Champions League quarterfinal. Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions.

Guardiola admitted after the game that his team were deeper than usual as they controlled Liverpool's rapid forward line expertly. "In that situation they are much better", added the Spaniard.

The Reds' next game comes against Klopp's closest friend, David Wagner, as they travel to Huddersfield Town on October 20 looking to return to winning ways. Yet it was an absorbing game and one that ended with both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola proving that they can organise a back four as well as a front three.

"He had the courage and the balls to hit the penalty".

And so after an unexpected stalemate, City and Liverpool remain level on points at the top of the table, with Chelsea catching them after its win at Southampton.

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In many ways it was an uncharacteristic City performance but a controlled one which satisfied Guardiola. Unlike last season, Klopp could not call on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to penetrate City with runs from midfield due to the former Arsenal player's long-term knee injury lay-off.

Liverpool's defence, built around £67m goalkeeper Alisson and £75m central defender Virgil van Dijk, has had much of its vulnerability removed - but the attacking trident that terrorised teams last season is not now firing on all cylinders.

However, City soon began to take control of proceedings and had a strong shout for a penalty, when Dejan Lovren and Sergio Aguero tangled in the penalty area.

'Last season we lost here, and this season we drew, maybe next season we will win'. They've started the season well.

After the worldwide break, Manchester City return to Premier League action with a home game against Burnley on Saturday, 20 October (15:00 BST).

There is too much talent in these outstanding players not to be a huge influence as the season goes on but Salah cut a frustrated figure while both Firmino and Mane were marginalised by City's approach.

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