What’s the story?
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his thoughts on UEFA’s newest competition, calling it ‘the most senseless competition in the world of football’, despite his side heading into the international break with satisfactory results.
In case you didn’t know…
The tournament aims to replace friendlies and establish a sense of competition between teams while also giving the nations opportunities to qualify for major tournaments.
The final matches are to take place in June next year.
The heart of the matter
Speaking at a conference after Liverpool’s draw against Manchester City on Sunday, Klopp said:
“If somebody had told me after eight games, 20 points I would say yes but with this fixture list, I would buy it. Now the players go off and play the Nations League which is the most senseless competition in the world. We have to start thinking about the players. You have to call the manager of any country and say can you leave players out and he says I am under pressure as well.
“People asked why this game was less intense. Guys like Jordan (Henderson) only had two weeks after the World Cup.
“It’s tough times for the boys, eh? We have to start thinking about the players.”
Liverpool, who have been winless in their last four games in all competitions, are set to go head-to-head against Huddersfield Town on October 20.