Spain boss Luis Enrique has jumped in defence of the UEFA Nations League after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described it as the most senseless competition in the world'.

The former Barcelona boss believes UEFA's new initiative allows national team coaches to have in-depth knowledge of their players, which ultimately helps raise international football's standard. 

"The Nations League, for me, is a very attractive competition, a perfect competition," Enrique said at his pre-match conference for Thursday's friendly with Wales in Cardiff, as quoted by ​Daily Mail.

"It helps me to see my players compete with selections at our level. It also gives us the option of being able to win a title this summer."

Spain have won both their Nations League fixtures, against England and Croatia, respectively, and Enrique is hoping to rotate his squad ahead of the return leg against England. 

"He who takes advantage of his opportunity and does well in training will have minutes," Enrique said.

"We've had a few training sessions, but only one where the level of intensity has been very high, as I want it. The attitude in everything that surrounds the team is important - and the value of this game is huge."

"There are no points, but we are in a process where no match can be wasted. That is the message to the players," he concluded.