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Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta: Reds stutter at Anfield as Atalanta inflict rare defeat

LFC Globe
25th November 2020
Liverpool vs Atalanta
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Liverpool fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat against on a night they were favourites to seal progression to the Champions League knockout stages.

Liverpool 0-2

• 0-1: Josep Ilicic (60')
• 0-2: Robin Gosens (64')

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Victory would have seen Liverpool clinch their place in the round of 16 with two games to spare, but it was an uncharacteristic display from the Reds as they failed to get going all night.

Two quick-fire goals by Josep Ilicic and Robin Gosens gave the visitors three points, meaning the Reds need a win against Ajax or Midtjylland to qualify to the next stage.

Liverpool vs Atalanta

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It was an inexperienced back-line for the Reds, with and Rhys Williams both starting and replacing at left-back.

Liverpool made a slow start to the game whilst the visitors gave a much better account of themselves in comparison to their showing three weeks ago.

The absence of Robertson and was evident, with the Reds struggling to pick up the pace and create any chances.

looked more accomplished of the two sides as they attacked well down the Reds' right, but the final ball was often lacking for the Serie A side.

The first half was devoid of any real action as Liverpool failed to conjure up a shot on target, with a couple of Reds players catching 's glare for poor decision-making.

Origi Atalanta

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, who had made a good block early in the first half, made another valuable contribution at the start of the second as he came out and collected well after looked to have found a ball in behind.

Liverpool continued to look lacklustre and found themselves behind just before the hour mark as Josep Ilicic met Papu Gomez's cross and found the back of the net from close-range.

A frustrated made a quadruple substitution after the goal, with Tsimikas, Wijnaldum, and all coming off.

Robertson, , and all came on in one fell swoop, giving the Reds a brand-new dimension.

But found a second just minutes later as Matteo Pessina beat Robertson in the air and found Robin Gosens, who neatly tucked the ball past - leaving the Reds with everything to do in the final 25 minutes.

The changes had no real effect for Liverpool, who continued to look off the pace, with denying the Reds from creating any chances.

came on for the closing stages as Klopp further tweaked his system, but it wasn't to be as Liverpool suffered a rare Anfield defeat in the Champions League.

While Liverpool see their advantage in Group D slashed to just two points, qualification is still in their hands, with a win against Ajax next week or Midtjylland on matchday six enough to secure their place in the round of 16.

But ultimately, it was a disappointing night for Klopp and co, who could have wrapped things up tonight and rested players in the final two fixtures.

Next up for the Reds is a trip to Brighton on Saturday, before an all-important clash against Ajax next week.

Liverpool XI: , N. Williams, R. Williams, Matip, Tsimikas, Milner, Wijnaldum, Jones, Mane, Origi, Salah.

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Next Fixture: Brighton (A) - 28 Nov, 12.30pm

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