Liverpool were surprisingly defeated by Atalanta in the continued European Champions League. Speaking after the match, coach Jurgen Klopp could not deny that Atalanta did look better in that match.
As is known, Liverpool faced Atalanta on the 4th Matchdays of the European Champions League Group Stage at Anfield, early morning WIB (26/11).
Although playing at home and on paper was superior to the Italian representatives, in fact the defending champions were defeated by a landslide score of 0-2.
This defeat was surprising considering that at the previous meeting in Italy, the Reds even managed to win 5-0.
Meanwhile at the match at Anfield yesterday, Jurgen Klopp’s men appeared to be successful from the first minute. In fact, it was recorded that only four shots were fired and none were on target.
Meanwhile, Atalanta recorded 8 shots with four of them on target.
Josep Ilicic and Robin Gosens scored two goals for the visitors, both of which were created in the second half.
When speaking after the match, Coach Jurgen Klopp could no longer argue about his team’s performance which was indeed far from expectations.
“This is not a good match. Of the two teams, did not create many chances, until they scored. A deserved defeat in a difficult match,”
“The referee rarely blows the whistle and that makes the game even more difficult, for both sides. The match was extremely intense and you need a little pause,” Klopp told BT Sports.
After the end of the first half match, Klopp’s hope was that his team could find a solution, but what happened was the opposite, two goals nested against Alisson Becker.
“When the first half is over, you are usually satisfied but this match was quite intense for a player who hasn’t played for a long time. We didn’t find a way out in the match,” he added.
Fortunately, this defeat did not affect Liverpool’s position at the top of the Group D standings. They continued to lead with 9 points, while Atalanta was still stuck in 3rd place with a collection of 7 points.