Jurgen Klopp had warned his Liverpool facet that Atalanta can be searching for revenge for his or her 5-Zero Champions League hammering in Bergamo earlier this month.
And he was proved proper for fearing a response from the guests as a quick-fire second-half double from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens noticed the Serie A outfit avenge that drubbing in a 2-Zero victory at Anfield on Wednesday night time.
The Reds have been unrecognisable within the reverse fixture as Atalanta secured a precious three factors to maintain their final 16 qualification hopes alive.
It was an evening to overlook for the reigning Premier League champions who did not muster a shot on track in 90 minutes.
Klopp made 5 modifications from Sunday’s victory over Leicester, together with altering three of his again 4, and paid for it with a scarcity of cohesion and rhythm which allowed final season’s quarter-finalists to turn into the primary workforce to win at Anfield in 90 minutes since Chelsea in September 2018.
Even the return of Mohamed Salah after his constructive COVID-19 check couldn’t carry the facet out of their torpor – or assist them generate a shot on track in 90 minutes – as Ilicic and Gosens ensured there can be no choice for Klopp to relaxation gamers in each of their last two matches.
Victory over Ajax subsequent week would nonetheless assure secure passage and with December’s schedule, Klopp will wish to keep away from the nightmare situation of getting one thing to play for with the ultimate sport in opposition to Midtjylland.
Salah’s shot a minute earlier than the break was the hosts’ solely effort and it sailed into the Anfield Highway Finish.
Fifteen minutes into the second half Klopp had seen sufficient and referred to as for reinforcements, sending on Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmimo, Fabinho and Andy Robertson.
However with the quartet stood on the sidelines ready to return on, Atalanta took the lead when Gomez’s inswinging cross was turned in by Ilicic.
They barely had time to make their presence felt earlier than the guests’ lead was doubled with the unmarked Gosens side-footing house a Hans Hateboer header nearly precisely three years to the day since he scored throughout Stanley Park in opposition to arch nemesis Everton.