Jurgen Klopp opens up about Premier League title race

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The Liverpool boss was insistent on his players needing rest after Sunday's 0-0 draw with fellow Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Despite being gifted the opportunity to grab all three points at their title challenger's home ground, only for Riyad Mahrez to miss a late penalty, Pep Guardiola will undoubtedly be the happier of the two managers after claiming a point.

There is confidence around Anfield after the team matched City and second place Chelsea, who have both had easier runs over the same period.

"I think the very fact that Jurgen signed two and tried to get three shows you they are a bit short there". But after eight games I still think it's very early to think about Chelsea challenging (Man City or Liverpool)'.

'It was not smart from me personally and hopefully it will never happen again. The Reds looked a little jaded midweek in the Champions League encounter away to Napoli, a game which they eventually lost 1-0 after a stoppage-time strike from Lorenzo Insigne.

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'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. They came as the champions and it was lucky they didn't score but also unlucky we didn't score either.

"I made the decision to shoot in the middle - the ball went up", he said.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp took aim at UEFA's new Nations League competition, labelling it "senseless", after his side headed into the worldwide break with a home draw against Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

Van Dijk feels the title will not be decided by high-profile encounters like Sunday's - more so Liverpool's match with Huddersfield Town after the global break.

"I really like the work they do, but on the other side if you play against a team of their quality, the win is even sweeter", he said. But I said already in an interview, we have to start thinking about the players.

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"After the global break there are three important games against Huddersfield, Red Star [Belgrade] and Cardiff so we want to be ready for that". Pep Guardiola's team will play Burnley after the worldwide break and will then make a trip to Ukraine to play Shakhtar Donetsk for their next Champions League match.

'But I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the hard games which we have against mid-table and lower teams.

"As a back four, that's what we go into every game going for".

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

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