Jurgen Klopp has called for Liverpool to be given a break after they ended a gruelling three-week schedule with a 0-0 draw against Manchester City.
Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty at Anfield as the champions and their challengers preserved unbeaten starts to the season with a point on Super Sunday.
Liverpool let off by missed Mahrez pen
Liverpool head into the international break third in the Premier League, behind leaders City on goal difference. Klopp is relishing the opportunity to recuperate, but insists the same cannot be said for his players.
“I have a little break now, the players don’t, they go to internationals,” he told Sky Sports. “That makes life really complicated.
“I know people say they are on a lot of money but people want to see the best football and somebody has to start to give the boys a little break, because we can’t as we play every three days.
“Somebody has to start thinking of the players, because without them this game is difficult to play.
“Today finishes off a very intense period for us with unbelievable games. I’m fine with it, you always can wish for more but the boys have given everything.
“We did really well after seven games in the last three weeks. They were at the highest level so you cannot have a second of a break.
“The one time we failed a little bit was against Napoli, that’s it. Coming back like we did today, I’m happy with that.”
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