Jurgen Klopp has branded the UEFA Nations League "the most senseless competition in the world" as he prepares to see many of his squad leave on global duty following Liverpool's drab 0-0 draw with Manchester City.
And with that, he's missed four of his last six penalty kicks.
The dreaded worldwide break has begun but it comes at a great time for Liverpool after a draining run of fixtures.
Liverpool will be looking to getting back to winning ways, having gone without a victory in their last three games in all competitions. You see teams like Arsenal, with a new manager, putting great results together.
I think the respect Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have for each other was the reason Sunday's 0-0 draw at Anfield was such a poor spectacle of a match.
However, City have performed better in their eight games this season than they did in the equivalent fixtures in 2017-18, Gracenote's analysis suggests. The last time Liverpool managed that was in the 1978-79 season when Bob Paisley led Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish to a storming first division win.
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"I think it is not about these games, it is all about the other games, the hard games which we have against mid-table and lower teams", the centre-half said.
"We stood strong and showed great mental strength", said Stones after the game.
"If Liverpool are in a really good position in January, I think they've got to be looking to address that [midfield area]", he told Sky Sports .
With Lovren closing in behind him, the Argentina worldwide went down but referee Martin Atkinson waved away penalty claims. In the end, however, the teams finished just as they started, playing to a 0-0 draw to split the points.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur sit just two points behind the leading pack, too, and Robertson expects the race to involve several teams throughout the campaign.
Despite being gifted the opportunity to grab all three points at their title challenger's home ground, only for Riyad Mahrez to miss a late penalty, Pep Guardiola will undoubtedly be the happier of the two managers after claiming a point.