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

Kyle Walker of Manchester City during the Group F match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester City and Olympique Lyon

Kyle Walker of Manchester City during the Group F match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester City and Olympique Lyon

Jurgen Klopp is satisfied with Liverpool's position heading into the worldwide break but is not so happy with his players being taken away to play in "the most senseless competition in the world".

Despite earning a Premier League record 100 points last season, City lost three times against Liverpool last season in all competitions, including their first defeat of the season in the league.

Liverpool's boss was happy with the way his team played after a gruelling run of games which saw them play PSG, Chelsea twice, Napoli and Man City in the space of just over two weeks.

"But with that fixture list I'd have said "I'll buy it, let's start on the ninth matchday".

"Lovren - final of World Cup".

"But as a player there is not much more that you can achieve than playing these type of games, because when you play them or when the atmosphere is like that, you know it's a big thing". You can not defend over 95 minutes, 100 percent but I thought how we defended was brilliant.

"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". We have played City often and they are outstanding.

"But that's how 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.

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Liverpool drew 1-1 with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday and given that the home side never really looked like winning the contest, a point will be much appreciated.

City had a glorious opportunity to take the lead five minutes from time when Virgil van Dijk brought down Leroy Sane inside the box as the German winger raced onto David Silva's through-ball on the left. "Of course, the Liverpool fans want him to play bad and he wants to play good, but I won't [leave him out] for that reason". You need to finish.

'I think they did well, we did well, up until the penalty moment.

"He did not start in the first 11 today but when he was on he scored within a minute and that gives confidence for both him and us". "It was really intense and both showed respect for the other team", he said.

"Both teams did well, and we were a bit lucky with the penalty of course".

The manager also provided an update on the fitness of James Milner, who was forced off midway through the first half with a hamstring problem.

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

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