Liverpool loss to Atalanta in their last match may have been as a result of a long list of injuries. Liverpool’s injury list is long, with Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold all unavailable.
The Reds are already without a number of first-team regulars, and with Curtis Jones, Rhys Williams and Neco Williams in their line-up, Liverpool became the first side to start three British teenagers in a Champions League match in more than a decade.
Liverpool lacked their usual intensity and even the arrival of Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota, Andrew Robertson and Fabinho after 61 minutes failed to inspire any urgency. Instead, they were deservedly beaten by an Atalanta side they had inflicted a 5-0 defeat upon earlier this month.
Atalanta’s manager express his joy saying
Obviously this is something which will be written in the pages of history. This is perhaps our biggest ever victory in our history, certainly our most prestigious.
Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp, talking to BT Sport said
It was not a good game. Both teams didn’t create a lot, until they scored the goals.
A deserved defeat in a difficult game. The referee didn’t whistle a lot and that makes it even more difficult, for both sides. It was unbelievably intense and you need some breaks.
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. We didn’t find a way in the game.
We had moments but not real chances. It could happen to other teams. You ask us to go Saturday at 12:30, which is nearly a crime. That is nothing to do with the result, but congratulations to you.
Thumbs up, no injuries and we go again.