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


Virgil van Dijk has said Manchester City's caution at Anfield was a sign of respect for Liverpool and promised to learn from the foul that nearly cost Jürgen Klopp's team their unbeaten start to the Premier League season. Eighty-five minutes, you obviously get a bit tired and that moment goes by in a split second and I made a decision to dive in, which is not what I would normally do.

As Liverpool and Manchester City stepped out onto the Anfield turf on Sunday afternoon, both knew that a win would take them clear at the top of the table. Of course I wanted to score to help the team to win'.

Algeria worldwide Mahrez blazed the resulting spot-kick over, but City will still go into the global break on top of the Premier League table. "Sometimes you score, sometimes you miss", the Algerian said.

Jesus stepped up to assume penalty taking duties, only to be moved aside by another winger, Riyad Mahrez, after Benjamin Mendy had run onto the pitch with instructions from the bench.

"We've had 40 or 50 years of not winning here and often we've lost".

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"The players finish the World Cup and they need to rest a few weeks", Pochettino said. But I think today the atmosphere was the most incredible atmosphere in England .

"To keep a clean sheet after a penalty in the last five minutes makes me a very happy man", the £75m centre-half said. The last time Liverpool managed that was in the 1978-79 season when Bob Paisley led Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish to a storming first division win.

Jesus was clearly disappointed (even if he felt a touch of "I told you so" afterwards) and he engaged in a conversation with Pep Guardiola at full-time. "In the training session he shoots ideal penalties, and ok this sometimes happens so at the end it is what it is". "You have to call the manager of any country and say, "Can you leave players out?' and he says, 'I am under pressure as well", said Klopp.

All three have yet to lose a match this season but while Liverpool have been touted as the main challengers to City, Chelsea have shown they deserve to be in the conversation.

A vital point away to a direct rival in something of a hoodoo ground for Manchester City is nothing to sniff at, and means City have one point more from their corresponding fixtures against the big six than they did last season.

Reflecting on the stalemate, Robertson added: "We started well. So as usual, he'll give all of us the ideal advice to keep getting wins, because that's all that matters".