Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Atalanta

Paola Ditto
Novembre 28, 2020

The visitors doubled their lead four minutes later when an unmarked Gosens volleyed in from Hans Hateboer's nod down.

Despite the defeat, Klopp said it was imperative that he rotated his squad ahead of a packed December schedule.

Jurgen Klopp made five changes to his line-up following the impressive victory over Leicester on Sunday, but his team struggled to click in a low-key first half despite seeing top scorer Mohamed Salah return following his absence due to Covid-19.

Klopp rotated heavily for Atalanta, starting Neco Williams, Rhys Williams and Kostas Tsimikas in defence, while Divock Origi started in attack. They also, perhaps more alarmingly, didn't get one shot on target during the match.

Victory over Atalanta would have sealed Liverpool place in the last-16 of the Champions League after just four games.

"When the first half is gone, you usually settle but for some players who didn't play for a while it was very intense for them".

Both teams didn't create a lot, until they scored the goals. The ref didn't whistle a lot and that makes it even more hard, for both sides. "I think that's what has been the main part of our success in recent years is putting the bad games away to bed and focusing on the next game, doing what we do and getting the wins", Williams said.

"We had moments but not real chances".

That is nothing to do with the result, but congratulations to you. "The goal against Liverpool is important".

This was their heaviest such defeat since August 2015 in the Premier League against West Ham under Brendan Rodgers (0-3).

"Spurs, in the league, have a +10 or +12 goal difference".

Goals from Josip Ilcic and Robin Gosens in the second half sent Liverpool to their first home defeat inside 90 minutes since September 2018 as a much-changed Liverpool side were unable to keep their undefeated home run going.

Liverpool's James Milner was equally philosophical, as he quickly turned his thoughts to Saturday's Premier League game against Brighton.

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