2020-21 UEFA Champions League Group Stage: Atalanta vs Liverpool

Atalanta welcomes Liverpool to the Stadio di Bergamo in a huge top of Group D clash in 2020-21 UEFA Champions League Group Stage. 

Victory for Atlanta would see them move top of Group D whilst Liverpool know that a win will see them move five points clear and close in on qualification for the knockout stage with three reverse group matches remaining.

 

Team News

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Atalanta have no fresh injury concerns to report as Pierluigi Gollini returns from a knee injury.

Mattia Caldara (knee), Marco Carnesecchi (Coronavirus), Cristiano Piccini and Marten de Roon (both adductor) remain absent.

Liverpool will be without Fabinho after the versatile player failed to recover in time from a hamstring injury for Saturday’s win over West Ham and has been ruled out for a non-specific period of time

Naby Keita (fitness) and Joel Matip (muscle) could be fit to feature after training on Sunday but Thiago Alcantara (knee) and Konstantinos Tsimikas (thigh) aren’t expected to be risked after failing to feature in that training session.

Virgil Van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both remain absent with serious knee injuries.

 

Stat Attack

  • This is Atalanta’s first-ever meeting against Liverpool in all competitions.
  • Liverpool have lost all of their three previous Italian trips under Jurgen Klopp (L3).
  • Atlanta’s Duvan Zapata has scored three goals in two Champions League matches so far this season, with two of his three goals coming after half-time.

 

Prediction

Atalanta have to improve their defending because their first-half effort last week against Ajax was sloppy in not just clearing the ball but space too, which is where games can be won or lost despite their superb attacking fightback in the second-half to draw 2-2.

Liverpool uncharacteristically played tightly in defence with their back four defending as a pack against West Ham on Saturday, whilst also pushing forward as a collective unit with their midfield overlapping with their forward line into the box which Atalanta’s defence will need to be wary of.

Throw in Liverpool’s poor away record against Italian opposition under Jurgen Klopp on top of current defensive issues then we definitely should see goals here, but if the Reds can show more aggression within Saturday’s tactics then they should end that losing streak here.

Prediction: Atalanta 1-2 Liverpool

Result: Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool

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