Jurgen Klopp is satisfied with Liverpool’s position heading into the international break but is not so happy with his players being taken away to play in “the most senseless competition in the world”.
The goalless draw with Premier League leaders Manchester City at Anfield means the top three are all level on 20 points and separated only by goal difference.
Klopp is pleased a hectic schedule of seven matches in 23 days is now over but wonders what the next fortnight will bring for his players.
“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!’,” said Klopp.
“The boys unfortunately go away again now and have to play Nations League games – the most senseless competition in the world of football!
“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? We have to start thinking about the players.
“Somebody asked me, ‘Is the level of the game (against City) because of the intensity?’ – already in the question there is criticism (suggesting) 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. 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 League.
“I don’t exactly know what you can win but there is some final next summer or something so that’s it.”
The top-of-the-table clash failed to live up to its billing with both sides, the top two Premier League scorers last season, almost reluctant to commit to full attacking mode for fear of what the other team might do to them if they opened up too much.
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