Liverpool stunned 2-0 by Atalanta as impressive Italians earn deserved win

Liverpool stunned 2-0 by Atalanta as impressive Italians earn deserved win
  • Liverpool have now surrendered their perfect Champions League record after losing to Serie A side Atalanta
  • Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens scored as the Reds were outgunned by the side they beat 5-0 three weeks ago
  • Liverpool remain atop Group D but Atalanta and Ajax are now two points behind with seven each
  • The Reds host Ajax in a crunch encounter next in the Champions League at the beginning of December
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19

Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool could have no complaints after they wasted a chance to book their place in the Champions League last 16 as Atalanta earned a shock 2-0 win at Anfield on Wednesday.

Klopp’s side could have guaranteed qualification from Group D with a victory, but they produced a poor display that was deservedly punished by the impressive Italians.

Two goals in four minutes from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens in the second half gave Atalanta a memorable victory that ended Liverpool’s 100-percent record in this year’s tournament.

Liverpool had thrashed Atalanta 5-0 in Italy at the start of November to make it three wins from their first three group games.

Beaten for the first time in nine games in all competitions since Van Dijk was sidelined, Klopp’s group leaders still have their Champions League destiny in their own hands.

“A deserved defeat in a difficult game. The ref didn’t whistle a lot and that makes it even more difficult, for both sides. It was unbelievably intense and you need some breaks,” Klopp said.

Early qualification would have allowed Klopp to rest players for the final two group matches amid a hectic schedule.

Instead, Liverpool host Ajax next week with work still to do before their final game against Midtjylland.