Jurgen Klopp slammed the UEFA Nations League as “the most senseless competition in football” following his side’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City on Sunday.
Liverpool remain level on points with Chelsea and City at the top of the Premier League table ahead of the international break, after a gruelling run of matches. Klopp’s men have faced seven fixtures in 23 days that included encounters with City, Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham, Chelsea and Napoli.cheap nfl nike jerseys china
“If somebody would have told me after eight matchdays you have 20 points, I would say with that fixture list: ‘I’ll buy it, let’s start with the ninth matchday,'” Klopp said. “The boys unfortunately go away again now and have to play Nations Cup games — the most senseless competition in the world of football. And we hope that they come back healthy and play these easy competitions, the Premier League, the Champions League and all this.
“It’s tough times for the boys, eh? But I said already in an interview, we have to start thinking about the players.
“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. If you want to see fresher, give them a summer break — for Jordan Henderson, it was exactly two weeks, which is funny.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale
“But that’s how it is. That’s why I say, going away is not a big problem, but now you call a manager of any country and ask him to leave out one or two players and he says: ‘I am under pressure as well,’ because now it’s Nations Cup.
“I don’t exactly know what you can win, but there is some final next summer or something so … that’s it.”
City’s Riyad Mahrez blazed a penalty over the bar five minutes from time at Anfield as Liverpool remained unbeaten at home in the league since April 2017.
It took until the 62nd minute for both teams to register a shot on target as they cancelled each other out, before City were given a golden opportunity when Virgil van Dijk was adjudged to have upended Leroy Sane in the penalty area.