Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp took aim at UEFA's new Nations League competition, labelling it "senseless", after his side headed into the worldwide break with a home draw against Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday.
"We had a chance at 0-0 for Danny Ings, if that goes in we get a different frame of mind", he said. And we hope that they come back healthy and play these easy competitions, the Premier League, the Champions League and all this. If Liverpool can keep a clean sheet against Huddersfield then they will break that record for the best defensive start to a season in the club's history.
While talking with Sky Sports, he said "If Liverpool are in a really good position in January, I think they've got to be looking to address that [midfield area]", and added "It's not even necessarily having someone who comes in and plays every single game".
But after losing on his three previous visits to Anfield as City boss, Guardiola took the positives from taking a point from one of the few venues the champions were defeated last season. So it looks like they are in a good shape.
"If somebody had told me after eight fixtures, 20 points, I would say "yes". With 2 points above Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp opens up about Premier League title. Where City have faced a fixture against a team just promoted from the Championship (Wolves, Fulham and Cardiff), last season's data has been taken from the fixture against the team relegated to make way for them (Swansea, West Brom and Stoke).
Liverpool ace Salah was the breakout star in last season's Premier League, winning the Golden Boot with 32 goals from his 36 appearances.
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.
It has everything to do with the cultures both men have created at their clubs; as well as the differing levels of difficulty provided by their respective opponents.
You have to go further down the table to find Manchester United in eighth place and, much like Arsenal, I do not see them as title contenders at all.
Guardiola defended Mahrez, who missed a great chance to win the game when he blasted an 86th minute penalty over the bar.