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Klopp's men play away on Saturday against Tottenham who had nine players involved on the final weekend of the World Cup, less than a month before the start of their Premier League campaign.

The Belgian defender's future with Spurs looked done and dusted after he was frozen out at the end of last season after reportedly failing to agree a new contract.

"But a year ago, we had no chance to focus on one competition, we had to qualify for the Champions League".

"Everyone knows I'm no Liverpool fan but I respect, understand and appreciate what's going on there", he said.

"Now with the Nations League, worldwide managers can not rest players because it is a proper competition".

"If it's late in the season that you see you have a chance to do that or do this and all that stuff".

Alli has been ruled out of the match against Liverpool due to injury, and Tottenham manager Pochettino has suggested that the 22-year-old England worldwide striker will miss the Champions League match against Inter.

A standard response from Klopp, who was hardly going to agree with the idea that his team should just forfeit their participation in Europe's biggest club competition, though to be fair Neville's point was more about the practicalities of enforcing Klopp's high energy game repeatedly over a short space of time.

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Summer signing Fabinho represented Brazil during the break but still awaits his competitive Reds debut - though the boss explained that fact is only due to circumstances.

"With the two full-backs, I think Manchester City have the best two full-backs in the league and I think the next two best are Liverpool". We did not play every game on the front foot.

"The thing is it is absolutely no problem".

"It's not that I want to justify him, it's only because the period during the season always change". "The drop in quality below them, if there are injuries or playing Wednesday, Saturday, I think it will take its toll", he said. We have a good team together so that takes time.

"The plan was - and is still - he will make us better and that is what we are working on".

"The Champions League - if I was Liverpool, I would kick it into touch", Neville said.

"Harry played from the first match on, so maybe he had two weeks holiday - that is nothing", added Klopp.