‘Almost a crime’
Liverpool fell 2-0 at home to Atalanta on Wednesday evening. Jurgen Klopp’s side were unable to field many of their first team players due to injury and fatigue.
The back line, which is missing Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez through injury, was made up of Nico Williams, Rhys Williams, Joel Matip and Kostas Tsimikas. Academy graduate Curtis Jones also played in midfielder with Divock Origi replacing Roberto Firmino.
Sadio Mane started in addition to the returning Mohamed Salah. However, two second half goals from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens put the Italian side into the driving seat for the second qualifying spot.
After the match, Jurgen Klopp again referenced the intense fixture schedule. “You, my special friends, ask us to play on Saturday at 12.30 pm, which, to be honest, is almost a crime. It has nothing to do with today’s game, but congratulations on it” said the German coach.
“My only interest at the moment is that I get a thumbs up, nobody gets injured and we recover immediately. The guys are really completely disappointed, frustrated, but we don’t have time for that. It’s all about getting fresh legs as quickly as possible and playing again, that’s it.”
Liverpool play Brighton on Saturday at 12:30pm and Klopp is likely to rotate once again.
Gian Piero Gasperini has come out and lauded his sides ‘historic’ win at Anfield which gave them much needed control over possible qualification.
“Obviously this is something which will be written in the pages of history. It is a shame there wasn’t a crowd present, obviously this is a stadium that everyone is aware of its history, it is a part of the history of football,” said the Bergamo-based club’s coach.
“They haven’t lost a Premier League game in 64 matches. This is perhaps our biggest ever victory in our history, certainly our most prestigious.”
“These victories allow you to grow and develop and improve.”
The loss means Liverpool will need to beat Ajax at Anfield the following week to avoid the possibility of dropping to third place in their group. Should Atalanta win against Midtjylland and the Reds win, qualification looks much more likely for the Italians.
‘Almost a crime’ Liverpool fell 2-0 at home to Atalanta on Wednesday evening. Jurgen Klopp’s side were unable to field many of their first team players due to injury and fatigue. The back line, which is missing Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez through injury, was made up of Nico Williams, Rhys Williams,Football (soccer) greatest goals and highlights | 101 Great Goals – Feed