Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta

Tactical Breakdown: Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta

Gian Piero Gasperini's Atalanta is a fascinating side. In their 0-5 loss to Liverpool at the Bergamo Stadium they displayed a number of interesting tactical concepts that in themselves were reasonable, astute and innovative, but were ruthlessly dismembered by a Klopp side at its cutting edge best. Central to that performance was the ability of the forwards and midfielders to synchronise their movements to drag the Italian side's players out of key areas, and use direct passing, dribbling and excellent …
Neco Williams And The Toxic Culture of Scapegoating

Neco Williams And The Toxic Culture of Scapegoating

Liverpool, as a collective, were poor in their 2-0 defeat at Anfield to Atalanta in the Champions League this past week. Jurgen Klopp -- wary of the physical toll that a stupidly compacted season will take on his players -- made a raft of changes and his team, predictably played with a lack of synergy and rhythm. The Italians, with their aggressive man-marking system, were given a lot of latitude to impose themselves physically by the Spanish referee in a …
Klopp's squad update in pre-match press conference

Klopp's squad update in pre-match press conference

Jürgen Klopp gave the latest squad update in his pre-match press conference as time winds down towards kick-off between Liverpool and Atalanta. The Reds beat their Serie A visitors 5-0 in Italy earlier this month on a night when Diogo Jota was the star man, bagging a hat-trick for himself. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané scored Liverpool's two other goals on the night. A win at Anfield tonight would secure passage to the Champions League knockout stages for Klopp's side …
Liverpool vs Atalanta Preview - Serie A side take to Anfield turf for the first time

Liverpool vs Atalanta Preview - Serie A side take to Anfield turf for the first time

THE DETAILS   Venue - Anfield, Liverpool Referee - Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP) Date & Time - Wednesday, November 25th 2020 @ 20:00 Current Odds - Liverpool 8/13, Draw 7/2, Atalanta 15/4 _____________________________________________________________________ This group of Liverpool players just keep surprising us, don't they? With so many first-team regulars out injured, Jürgen Klopp has had to call on the squad's fringe players more than any of us would have anticipated. However, with the hectic schedule imposed on players over the coming …
Xherdan Shaqiri Cameos Offer Liverpool Reminder Of His Talents

Xherdan Shaqiri Cameos Offer Liverpool Reminder Of His Talents

After missing the vast majority of last season through a succession of niggling calf injuries, Xherdan Shaqiri has given Liverpool a timely reminder of his abilities over the course of the last week. Coming off the bench against Midtjylland and West Ham respectively, the Swiss international was key to the Reds eking out two wins that could prove to be vitally important come the campaign's end. Against the Danes in the Champions League at Anfield, Shaqiri played a beautiful, against …
Liverpool's Atalanta Academy Appearances Point To Bright Future

Liverpool's Atalanta Academy Appearances Point To Bright Future

Diogo Jota's hat-trick and Liverpool's overall performance were the main talking points from the Reds' 5-0 hammering of Atalanta last Tuesday. But it shouldn't be lost in the narrative that the English champions featured four homegrown, academy produced players over the course of the 90 minutes in Bergamo. Rhys Williams slotted in comfortably at centre half next to Joe Gomez, Curtis Jones -- alongside Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson -- was part of the midfield three and Trent Alexander started …
Liverpool forward proud to level Steven Gerrard's record

Liverpool forward proud to level Steven Gerrard's record

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah equalled club legend Steven Gerrard's record of 21 goals in the Champions League with his strike against Atalanta. The Reds won 5-0 in Bergamo with Diogo Jota grabbing a hat-trick and stealing the headlines for Jürgen Klopp's side. Sadio Mané scored Liverpool's other goal. Salah scored a trademark goal, beating the Atalanta defence for speed when Liverpool broke from defending a corner. He kept his composure and finished brilliantly to nab his 21st goal for The Reds …
Tactical Breakdown: Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool

Tactical Breakdown: Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool

“I don’t think any system could have defended tonight Sadio, Mo & Diogo, the way they played, with the support of the others.”
In his post-match presser, Jürgen Klopp was bubbling with praise for his entire team, championing the manner in which the team defended with concentration and discipline, and attacked with synchronicity and fluidity. It was a significant departure from the nature of Liverpool's most recent games, with a distinct shift in tone, tempo and action, akin …
Alisson delighted that Reds achieved their

Alisson delighted that Reds achieved their "goal" in Atalanta victory

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 Liverpoolfc.com 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 …
Will this be Liverpool's lineup to face Atalanta tonight in Italy?

Will this be Liverpool's lineup to face Atalanta tonight in Italy?

Liverpool are in Italy this week to face Serie A high-flyers Atalanta in the Champions League. We've had a look at the lineup Jürgen Klopp might go with for this game. There was good news this week that Joël Matip, Naby Keïta and Kostas Tsimikas all returned to full training and have travelled to Italy with the squad for this game. Thiago Alcântara is still unavailable for selection, however. As are Virgil van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho. It's unlikely …
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