Honestly, sometimes a draw and a shrug is the best you can hope for. After an incredibly eventful first half (are we still Penaltypool if the penalties cancel each other out, even if one of them didn’t actually result in a goal?), the second half was a slog and it felt like everyone—including the fans—were relieved when the final whistle went. Pretty much everyone interviewed after the game agreed that a draw was the best both teams could hope for, including one of last few non-injured defenders (please be okay Trent), Joe Gomez.
“We had our chances,” Gomez told the club’s website after the match. “I suppose it probably is a fair reflection of the game in the end.”
“Some frustrating decisions at times but I thought we started the game well and had a good intensity about us in the first half. It slowed a bit in the second and both teams, I think, were a bit more conservative.”
An understatement given the second half saw just the one shot on target, but it’s really hard to blame the players given the extraordinary circumstances and the ridiculous schedule they’re working with.
“At the end of the day, we know how good City are and we’ve come away from home and got a point, so I think we’ve got to take that,” Gomez added. “As I said, it’s not an easy place to come and we have to accept that we had our chances and so did they.”
“So I think a point is a fair reflection. We go into the international break now and hopefully we all come back healthy and ready to go.”
And speaking of healthy: we’ll know more about Trent’s injuries tomorrow. What is definitely clear is that he will not be taking part in any international games.
“Trent will be out for England, that is clear,” Klopp said in his post-match conference. “What he has, we don’t know, but he cannot play for England. He will not be the last and not the only one who Gareth [Southgate] will miss for this international break.
“He will have a scan tomorrow and then we will see.”