Virgil van Dijk on the games which will define Liverpool’s title bid

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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 global duty following Liverpool's drab 0-0 draw with Manchester City.

Liverpool have come off the back of a hard run of fixtures against Chelsea twice, Napoli and Manchester City in three different competitions, with defeats coming in the EFL Cup to the Blues and in the Champions League against the Italian side.

"Absolutely", Metro UK quoted Klopp as saying when asked which team can challenge Man City and Liverpool for this season's Premier League title.

"But we played City today".

"At the end we need to be happy - I need to be happy - that we didn't lose it because of the penalty".

But under their new manager Unai Emery, the Gunners have made sure they keep a close eye on the league leaders and now just 2 points behind them. I don't know. I [asked] him: "'Big one?' and he said: "'I don't think so, but big enough that I go off'".

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It did mean, however, Liverpool extended their run of not conceding a home league goal to 841 minutes stretching back to February 24 and Michail Antonio's consolation for West Ham.

Jurgen Klopp's side have started the season well domestically, accumulating 20 points from their first eight games, and now sit joint-top of the table alongside Manchester City and Chelsea ahead of the worldwide break.

Van Dijk was relieved his mistimed tackle on Leroy Sane did not prove too expensive as Liverpool and City drew 0-0.

Klopp said: "I knew this before!"

"We made it hard for them and they made it hard for us at times but that's how it is". 'They are playing very good football at the moment and winning games.

"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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