LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Nov 26 – Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool might don’t have any complaints after they wasted an opportunity to ebook their place within the Champions League final 16 as Atalanta earned a shock 2-0 win at Anfield on Wednesday.
Klopp’s aspect might have assured qualification from Group D with a victory, however they produced a poor show that was deservedly punished by the spectacular Italians.
Two targets in 4 minutes from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens within the second half gave Atalanta a memorable victory that ended Liverpool’s 100-percent file on this 12 months’s event.
Liverpool had thrashed Atalanta 5-0 in Italy initially of the November to make it three wins from their first three group video games.
However for the primary time since Virgil van Dijk was misplaced to a severe knee harm at Everton in October, the Reds regarded weak on the again in a uncommon Anfield defeat.
Overwhelmed for the primary time in 9 video games in all competitions since Van Dijk was sidelined, Klopp’s group leaders nonetheless have their Champions League future in their very own fingers.
“A deserved defeat in a troublesome sport. The ref didn’t whistle quite a bit and that makes it much more troublesome, for each side. It was unbelievably intense and also you want some breaks,” Klopp stated.
“When the primary half is gone, you normally settle however for some gamers who didn’t play for some time it was very intense for them. We didn’t discover a manner within the sport.”
Early qualification would have allowed Klopp to relaxation gamers for the ultimate two group matches amid a busy schedule.
As a substitute, Liverpool host Ajax subsequent week with work nonetheless to do earlier than their remaining sport towards Midtjylland.
“It was not an excellent sport. We had moments however not actual probabilities. It might occur to different groups,” Klopp stated earlier than complaining about Liverpool having to play Brighton within the early Premier League sport on Saturday.
“You ask us to go Saturday at 12:30, which is sort of against the law. That’s nothing to do with the end result. Thumbs up, no accidents and we go once more.”
Atalanta’s victory moved them degree with Ajax and inside two factors of Liverpool.
Liverpool’s harm record stays lengthy, with Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold all unavailable.
Klopp named a makeshift defence that includes solely Joel Matip from Saturday’s win over Leicester as Neco Williams, Rhys Williams and Kostas Tsimikas began.
Even so, this was a sloppy displaying from the Premier League champions.
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Atalanta took benefit of Liverpool’s lack of cohesion on the again when Gosens bought in behind Matip and smashed a robust strike that Alisson Becker pushed away.
Papu Gomez was subsequent to use Matip’s creaky begin when he eluded the centre-back and fired simply huge from the sting of the world.
Liverpool had been no extra convincing in assault, regardless of the presence of Mohamed Salah — again after lacking one match attributable to his optimistic coronavirus check.
Waving his arms and gesticulating at his gamers, Klopp’s frustration was seen as half an hour handed with out Liverpool mustering a single shot.
Salah lastly had a sight of objective simply earlier than half-time, however he couldn’t hold his effort on the right track.
Liverpool had been no higher after the interval and so they fell behind within the sixtieth minute.
Gomez whipped over a teasing cross that Liverpool did not take care of and the unmarked Ilicic stole in to fit previous Alisson from shut vary.
Klopp had seen sufficient and made 4 modifications instantly after the objective as he hauled off Salah amongst others and despatched on Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Andrew Robertson.
The switches weren’t sufficient to spark torpid Liverpool into life and Atalanta struck once more within the sixty fourth minute.
Liverpool had been dreadfully sluggish to react as Gosens produced a scientific end from 10 yards after Gomez’s exact supply was nodded throughout objective by Hans Hateboer.