Liverpool boss Klopp pinpoints reason for Atalanta loss

Liverpool boss Klopp pinpoints reason for Atalanta loss

Mohamed Salah, returning to the side, had fired over with the Reds' best chance in the first half. The announcement was made by the Egyptian soccer association on Twitter, Friday, Nov. 13, ahead of Saturday's game against Togo.

Atalanta took advantage of Liverpool's "weak links" during the 2-0 Champions League triumph last night according to Italy legend Alessandro Costacurta, speaking to Sky Italia, via TMW.

Klopp made five changes to the side that beat Leicester City on Sunday, including Salah, who returned after his positive Covid-19 test while on worldwide duty with Egypt.

After beating Leicester 3-0 on Sunday, Klopp said Brighton had been given "an early Christmas present" by playing Liverpool so soon after their clash with Atalanta.

Left-back Kostas Tsimikas left Ilicic free to score Atalanta's opener while Neco Williams understandably found life tough against Argentina worldwide Gomez, one of the most influential playmakers on the continent.

The Reds are still in the fox seat in their group, with nine points from four games.

The referee didn't whistle a lot and that makes it even more hard, for both sides. "It was unbelievably intense and you need some breaks", Klopp said.

The Italian visitors were given space and time around the Liverpool penalty area before Gomez curled an in-swinging cross to the edge of the six-yard box, where Ilicic slid in to poke a low shot past Alisson into the corner of the net.

"When the first half is gone, you usually settle but for some players who didn't play for a while it was very intense for them".

But for the first time since Virgil van Dijk was lost to a serious knee injury at Everton in October, the Reds looked vulnerable at the back in a rare Anfield defeat. "We didn't find a way in the game".

'You (BT Sport) my special friends ask us to go on Saturday at 12.30pm, which is almost a crime to be honest, ' Klopp said. "Thumbs up, no injuries and we go again".

The switches weren't enough to spark lethargic Liverpool into life and Atalanta struck again in the 64th minute. Liverpool only have a +5 goal difference.

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