The real Atalanta finally stood up on Wednesday night at Anfield. This 2-0 win puts them back into the running for a last 16 berth. It was quite a result given that they suffered a 5-0 reverse in Bergamo.Jurgen Klopp probably feeling the strain of the fixture list and piling injuries, picked an inexperienced back four for this one.
The 2 Williams and Greek player Tsimikas joined Joel Matip in an experimental back four and they were undone by Atalanta’s mesmirising short passing game in the 59th minute.Slovenian attacker Illicic was first to a cross beyond the Reds defence. The second 4 minutes later was basically the same MO. A deep cross was met by the head of Dutchman Hateboer. The ball found German Gossens free in the box(he had so much time he could have sung YNWA before he hit the net) to volley it past a static Allison. Bobby Firmino who had a busy travel plan in the last 2 weeks was rested and his place was taken by Divock Origi. When he and Jota came on, Liverpool started looking threatening especially from crosses from Robertson and Williams.
Liverpool now need a win against Ajax on match day 5 to book their place in the last 16. Another reverse coupled by a likely win for Atalanta over group whipping boys Midtylland will put matters out of their hands going into the final round of games.