Alisson delighted that Reds achieved their “goal” in Atalanta victory

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Liverpool won 5-0 in Italy on Tuesday night against Atalanta, giving Jürgen Klopp’s side maximum points after three games in the group stages.

A hat-trick from the brilliant Diogo Jota as well as fantastic finishes from both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané gave The Reds a comfortable win in Bergamo.

Speaking to after the game, Brazil international goalkeeper Alisson was very happy with the win and the clean sheet.

“I think it was the right time for the team and for me.

“Not that we have been playing bad, but we have had tough matches that we have played against tough opponents that make our job really difficult on the pitch. Tonight, it wasn’t different but from the way we play, it was better the way they tried to defend against us.

“We had more space on the pitch but because we worked harder we created more spaces and we were calm enough to keep the ball to prepare the situations.

“Obviously when we had the chances up front we scored the goals and then we kept the clean sheet and that was also our goal here: three points and a clean sheet.”

Alisson praised Diogo Jota’s character and work-rate when asked about the Portuguese forward’s match-winning performance.

“Jota is a great guy and a great player. He is here to contribute as everybody is, like Bobby, Mo and Sadio. We are a team and we are not a team of one player, but we have many players who come in and give the response that we need. I’m really happy for him – he got the hat-trick and he deserved it because he worked hard on the pitch and we helped him a lot with movements. Not only the guys who scored but we made a good job with movements creating the spaces and the passing was good – and obviously his quality in front of goal, we can’t deny it.”

Liverpool’s number 1 also had some kind words about young centre-half Rhys Williams.

“Rhys is a really good lad. He is always asking me to speak with him and talk with him on the pitch, so he is humble. He works hard and this helped him a lot.”

Klopp’s men now turn their attention to Sunday and a huge clash away to Premier League title rivals Manchester City. The Reds should be able to welcome back Joël Matip into the starting eleven while Naby Keïta and Kostas Tsimikas are also back to full fitness. Thiago Alcântara is another possibility who could make the matchday squad this weekend.

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