(Liverpool – Atalanta 0-2) Liverpool went goalless off the field. Not even a single shot on goal produced Jürgen Klopp’s attacking stars. The loss creates tension in group D.
Liverpool chased their fourth straight victory in the Champions League when Atalanta visited Anfield. The red-clad had not had that ready since 2009, and they will probably have to wait a little longer.
For it was the Italians who dominated in Liverpool. The home team struggled hard to create chances against Atalanta, who deservedly took the lead a quarter of an hour after the break.
Josip Ilicic steered in the post from Papu Gomez, who took on the role of waiter again four minutes later. This time it was wingback Hans Hateboer who headed the post down to wingback on the opposite side, Robin Gosens, who doubled the lead for the guests.
– Both situations before the goals were quite similar. You can defend yourself, and we will be able to defend ourselves. The best way to defend yourself against posts is to block the post before it arrives. We did not. We lose deservedly, I have no problem admitting that, Klopp says in a Viasat broadcast interview.
– We know that it was a bad performance. Very tame, says James Milner after the match.
Now only two points separate Liverpool and chasing Ajax and Atalanta, with two games left of the group stage.
– It is open, something I knew it would be. We have tough battles ahead of us. We have to shake things up a bit and try again, says the Liverpool manager, who will face Ajax at home in the next match.
Before the match, there was a minute of silence for Diego Armando Maradona.
– Diego was a sensational guy, Maradona had some problems. I will miss both, said Klopp about the much-loved football icon, who reached the highest peaks and deepest valleys – both as a player and as a human being.
Liverpool have eight A-team players on the injury list, and made the B-mark against Atalanta. Football fans love to see young players from their own academy get the chance, and the British teenage trio Rhys Williams, Neco Williams and Curtis Jones got the chance from the start against the Italians. Not since 2009 has a team sent more British teenagers out. It was Arsenal in 2009.
Atalanta started well, and had several useful opportunities to take the lead at Anfield. The first 45 minutes, however, were primarily characterized by job wars, organization and weak involvements in the last third.