Jurgen Klopp opens up about Premier League title race

Tanya Simon
October 9, 2018

Liverpool had won their last three meetings with City prior to Sunday and it took until the 62nd minute for either team to register a single shot on target at Anfield as both teams cancelled each other out.

With regular penalty taker Sergio Aguero replaced by Gabriel Jesus, the former Leicester City winger stepped up on 86 minutes after Virgil van Dijk had felled Leroy Sane in a taut Premier League clash.

"It was a great game to play obviously and it's unlucky that we didn't score and unlucky [for City] that we didn't concede as well".

But they have survived their first big test this season, coming through a gruelling run of seven games in 22 days against some of the toughest teams in Europe, including Paris St-Germain. It is so hard to defend so I am really happy how we did it. "They came as they champions and it was lucky they didn't score but also unlucky we didn't score either".

Guardiola defended Mahrez, who missed a great chance to win the game when he blasted an 86th minute penalty over the bar.

"It was not smart from me personally and hopefully it will never happen again", he said.

"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". It was a decision I made and hopefully it will be the last time I make that decision at that time.

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Jurgen Klopp has branded the UEFA Nations League "the most senseless competition in the world" as he prepares to see many of his squad leave on worldwide duty following Liverpool's drab 0-0 draw with Manchester City. "But after eight games I still think it's very early to think about Chelsea challenging [Man City or Liverpool]".

Guardiola admitted after the game that his team were deeper than usual as they controlled Liverpool's rapid forward line expertly.

"[Chelsea] have started the season well".

"After the worldwide break there are three important games against Huddersfield, Red Star and Cardiff so we want to be ready for that".

Luckily for Liverpool and Wijnaldum, the fixtures following the worldwide break are relatively kind and will offer some kind of respite from the games played over the last three weeks.

"It means you play for something if you play a lot of games: Champions League, the cups and the Premier League".

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