Liverpool boss Klopp slams 'senseless' Nations League

Riyad Mahrez

It did at least bring an end to a run of three successive defeats against Liverpool, who knocked City out of the Champions League in the quarterfinals last season.

A 0-0 draw, but Mahrez was not spared for costing his side three points. They will have their moments, but I thought we defended them brilliant - apart from the penalty and one or two situations, where we needed Alisson with a really good save.

Klopp and his City counterpart Pep Guardiola were satisfied with their team's displays in a tight, tactical encounter which finished 0-0 at Anfield, but the German was clearly frustrated to now lose his players for worldwide duty.

Graeme Souness also doubts Chelsea, who have also won their first two Europa League games this year, will challenge for the title.

Jesus was clearly disappointed (even if he felt a touch of "I told you so" afterwards) and he engaged in a conversation with Pep Guardiola at full-time. City would have to play with a level of pragmatism usually not needed in their play.

That's exactly what we got. Their manager was pleased to be through the other side of it.

Klopp will be pleased at yet another shut out in Anfield, a run that extends back to February.

City's xG total from their opening eight matches this season is 21.5 - a rise on the figure of 17.5 in the corresponding fixtures last season. He set his side up for possession, yes, but more so to curb Liverpool's attacking threat than to tire his opponents out. It's true under a new manager and management they may not look as unsafe as City or Liverpool but surely they will be the dark horses or will at least make the opposition team tremendously hard to get the 3 points this season.

"Yeah, it was not an easy month playing against Champions League teams", he said.

Salah still looks slightly devoid of confidence, however.

Yet the Dutchman is adamant the real test is only just starting. This hasn't impacted Liverpool's results so far, but it's a growing concern for Klopp.

Statisticians analyse a wide range of shots from Premier League history and, based on factors including the distance from goal, the angle of the shot and the type of opportunity it is, they are able to assign an xG value (expressed as a percentage) to every attempt to determine just how good a chance it is.

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