Why Liverpool star Alexis Mac Allister was falling asleep in Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match tactical briefing ahead of Man City clash


The Reds dragged themselves back into Saturday's encounter with a determined display to take a draw which opens up the Premier League title race. Liverpool trailed to Erling Haaland's first-half strike but held on despite an uncharacteristically nervous performance from goalkeeper Alisson to level late on with Trent Alexander-Arnold's arrowed strike. After the game, Mac Allister lifted the lid on some of the exhaustion felt among the squad, many of whom returned late in the week after a gruelling return trip to South America.

"Honestly, it is so hard to play like this," Mac Allister told LFC TV after the match. "Yesterday we were in a meeting talking about Man City and the way we wanted to play, and I couldn't keep my eyes open.

"It's very tough. Jet lag, long trip, but it is what it is. We like playing football, it's what we want, to win, and that's why we did our best. It was a very tough game for us. It's what we expected, they are a very good team, but I think it was a fair result. They had most of the possession but they didn't have many chances."

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