What a Game of Liverpool in Atalanta
- Title : What a Game of Liverpool in Atalanta
Liverpool FC had a clear success in Group D. In the 5-0 win over Atalanta Bergamo, summer newcomer Diogo Jota stood out.
Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini made two changes after the 2-1 win at FC Crotone: Palomino and Zapata started instead of Romero and Malinovskyi (both bench).
Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp also changed twice. In contrast to the 2-1 home win against West Ham United, Klopp brought in Williams for Phillips (not in the squad) in central defense. The formally strong summer newcomer Diogo Jota, for whom Roberto Firmino rotated on the bench, also started somewhat surprisingly.
The young Portuguese attracted attention right from the start, but failed after a nice solo on Sportiello (2nd). In the following minutes, the guests from Liverpool took over the reins, but it didn't get really dangerous at first. After almost a quarter of an hour, Mané tried his hand at distance, and Sportiello stood in the way of a goal again (13th). On the other side, Muriel Reds goalkeeper Alisson almost surprised (15th).
Diogo Jota using a lifter for guidance
In this phase of the game it went back and forth: First Sportiello parried against Jones (16), but a little later the keeper Bergamos was powerless: Diogo Jota lifted the ball over the Italian and scored his fourth goal in the last four games (16.). Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson had slight problems with Muriel's long-range shot (19th), but Atalanta didn't have much more chances afterwards.
Instead, Liverpool stepped in again: After a flying ball from Gomez, Diogo Jota was back, first tricked Hateboer and then completed the short corner (33.). As a result, the 23-year-old scored twice for the first time in the Reds jersey. Until the break, the guests continued to dominate the action, even scoring almost the third goal through Mané (36th).
Liverpool's freezing seven minutes
Shortly after the restart, Liverpool then made it 3-0. After a corner from the home side, Salah started in his own half and ultimately executed in the corner (47th). Only a little later the Reds made the preliminary decision, because Mané lifted the leather after Salah's pass over Sportiello (49th). After less than five minutes in the second round, the game was decided. But that's not all: Atalanta goalkeeper Sportiello, who had been in good spirits until then, went out of the box with a lot of risk and misjudged himself - Diogo Jota thanked him politely and pushed into the empty goal.
Zapata desperate - Liverpool continue without conceding
After that, Liverpool's pace slowed down a bit, Atalanta had chances again: Zapata put the leather on the crossbar in the best (62nd). A little later, the Colombian found his champion in Liverpool keeper Alisson (67th).
A quarter of an hour before the end, Atalanta should not have complained about a penalty whistle, but Liverpool were not awarded a penalty (73). Shortly before the end of the game, Alisson once again had the upper hand against Zapata (82nd), while Salah missed a copy of his first goal (83rd) on the other side.
Then the game spun towards the final whistle. In the end, Liverpool celebrated a never-endangered victory in Bergamo over Atalanta - and thus the first ever success in a Champions League group stage on Italian soil. At the same time, the 5-0 win was the highest away win for an English club in Italy.