Atalanta vs Liverpool
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 3 November 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Gewiss Stadium (Bergamo).
he Reds travel to Italy as they lock horns with last year’s quarter-finalists Atalanta in a Champions League Group D fixture at the Grewiss Stadium in Bergamo.
Liverpool currently sit at the summit of the Premier League despite its injury crisis. Some or the other player has always stepped up for Klopp and the man for the last two league games has been the ex-Wolves forward, Diogo Jota.
Atalanta have made a reputation of being a free-scoring team under Gian Piero Gasperini. His team has kept up with their newly-set standards as the Serie A side have already scored 17 goals in just six games.
Liverpool not being the best defensively will be concerned as the Serie A top scorers could cause some serious problems for their depleted backline.
The six-time champions have no fresh injury concerns. On the contrary, they will be expecting quite a few players to at least return to the bench.
Klopp revealed that Thiago Alcantara and Joel Matip are ready, with the latter still having some issues. Naby Keita is also likely to be in contention after completing his isolation, having contracted the coronavirus.
With Nat Phillips not a part of the UCL squad, Rhys Williams will be pairing alongside Joe Gomez.
For Atalanta, Duvan Zapata is expected to be the front-man. His brace against Ajax helped the Italian outfit to get a point out of the game last week.
Mattia Caldara, Marco Carnesecchi, Cristiano Piccini, and Marten de Roon are all still sidelined for the hosts. Gasperini will also have to make a choice between the two keepers available.
Atalanta vs Liverpool Head-to-head (h2h)
- Both teams have scored in all two Champions League meetings when the host has faced another team from England.
- The host has been unbeaten in three of their four fixtures against teams from England across major competitions but has won none in the Champions League fixtures.
- The Reds have recorded three of the last five overall wins in the Champions League clashes when they have faced teams from Italy.
- Liverpool’s previous encounter with an Italian side was in 2019 against Napoli, which ended in a 1-1 draw at Anfield in the Champions League group stages.
Atalanta vs Liverpool Prediction
Atalanta know they must get something out of this match if they are to give themselves the best chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition. They are at home and will be eager to make that advantage count. Liverpool have a 100% record and their best effort would be good enough to see them hold on to that. Victory in Italy would move them a step closer to the next as pool winners which would send out a message of intent to their rivals.
ATALANTA VS LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS
Predicted line-up (3-4-1-2): Gollini; Tolói, Palomino, Djimsiti; Depaoli, Pašalić, Freuler, Mojica; A Gómez; Zapata, Muriel
Unavailable: Piccini (Injured), Caldara (Injured), De Roon (Injured), Gosens (Injured)
Questionable: Tolói (Injured), Romero (Injured), Hateboer (Injured)
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Matip, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner; Shaqiri, Minamino, Jota
Unavailable: Fabinho (Injured), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Injured), Van Dijk (Injured), Thiago (Injured)
Questionable: Tsimikas (Injured), Matip (Injured)