The Nations League was introduced this year by European soccer's governing body UEFA largely to replace friendly matches with competitive games in a mini-group format. That's the way that we play, we play quite an energetic game.
"I don't exactly know what you can win, but there is some final next summer or something so. that's it".
Jurgen Klopp said he is satisfied with Liverpool's points total after a hard run and described the resumption of the UEFA Nations League as "the most senseless competition" in football.
I am expecting City and Liverpool to fight it out, with Chelsea the only other team who can challenge for the title - though for that to happen, a lot depends on Eden Hazard. "Don't write Chelsea out but they need a real 'goal-getter".
"If somebody would have told me after eight matchdays you have 20 points, I would say with that fixture list, 'I'll buy it, let's start with the ninth matchday!'", said Klopp.
"I am really happy with what the boys did". But I said already in an interview, we have to start thinking about the players. "It showed we can do both - have the ball and be very strong as well".
Guardiola acknowledged that his side had chosen to lower the tempo in the game to limit the potency of Liverpool's attack.
"You see teams like Arsenal with a new manager putting great results together so there is a long way to go and there will be a lot of teams competing but we hope we are one of them".
"Up and down they are the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, they are built for that".
"I am so comfortable with the performance". City survived the helter skelter opening ten minutes and after that they dealt with Liverpool's threat well.
"Doing that in Anfield, that is so complicated".
Chelsea's win at Southampton earlier in the day had seen them overtake the pair and take top spot, but a win for either side would have seen them become the outright leaders - and earn a significant psychological blow.