Post Match: Liverpool v Atalanta (UCL 25/11/20 8pm)

Man of the match
  • Alisson BECKER
  • Joel MATIP
  • Kostas TSIMIKAS
  • James MILNER
  • Curtis JONES
  • Sadio MANE
  • Divock ORIGI
  • Mohammed SALAH
  • Bobby FIRMINO
  • Diogo JOTA
  • Takumi MINAMINO

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Unused Subs: Adrian, Kelleher, Minamino, Cain, Clarkson, Koumetio

Sub: Bobby FIRMINO :arrow_right: Mohamed SALAH :arrow_left: 61’
Sub: Diogo JOTA :arrow_right: Divock ORIGI :arrow_left: 61’
Sub: FABINHO :arrow_right: Gini WIJNALDUM :arrow_left: 61’
Sub: Andy ROBERTSON :arrow_right: Kostas TSIMIKAS :arrow_left: 61’
Sub: Takumi MINAMINO :arrow_right: Joel MATIP :arrow_left: 85’

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Well, that was shite.

With the games coming thick and fast, and the injuries piling up almost as quickly, Jürgen made five changes from the team that battered Brendan’s boys on Sunday with three of the back four being changed and the lesser spotted Origi getting a rare start up front. We had, of course, battered the Italians away from home three weeks ago and, with games against Ajax and Midtjylland still to come, it was widely assumed that qualification from the group was almost assured anyway.

Anorak fact of the day: it was on this date back in 1964 that Liverpool first wore an all-red kit, with Bill Shankly deploying his troops to face Anderlecht in the old European Cup. Ian St John, Roger Hunt and Ron Yeats were on target in a 3-0 home win that night.

Diego Armando Maradona was honoured with a brief silence before the game, having passed away earlier today at the age of 60. Unquestionably one of the greatest footballers of all time- he’s the best I’ve seen in over forty years of following the game- he was often as wayward off the pitch as he was transcendent on it but the way he almost single-handedly (pun semi-intended) dragged Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986 and Napoli, who had only narrowly escaped relegation the previous season, to the scudetto the following year gave some indication of his almost supernatural ability. Rest in peace, Diego.

The visitors made the brighter start, with Ilicic shooting wide before Gosens forced Alisson into a decent save. Gomez shot wide after Neco got caught on the ball; the young right back redeemed himself a few minutes later with a good challenge when Atalanta were looking dangerous. Ilicic should have been booked for a blatant dive in the 35th minute.

The home side were poor; we didn’t even have a shot until the 45th minute and even that ended up in the car park from Salah. The two minutes of added time seemed to prove that the referee had a sadistic streak; as the teams trudged off for their halftime oranges, the Reds must have been fearing the Haartrockner treatment from the manager.

Jürgen had obviously taken a leaf out of his players’ book and couldn’t be bothered either, as the second half started just as the first had: we looked soporific and Atalanta created the early chances, with Alisson having to clear his lines with alacrity. Ilicic then slid in to tuck away Gomez’s cross and give the visitors the lead on the hour mark.

Klopp had already had his subs ready to come on in what appeared to be a premeditated move; immediately after the goal, Tsimikas, Gini, Mo and the disappointing Divock made way for Robertson, Fabinho, Firmino and Jota respectively. Romero had to clear Robbo’s cross before Bobby could reach it; the visitors then extended their lead when Hateboer beat Robertson and teed up an unmarked Gosens. Two goals in four minutes; Liverpool were down and virtually out.

Any hopes of a rousing Reds revival came to nowt; we looked disjointed, disinterested and dejected. Minamino was introduced for the last five minutes and at least injected some vigour but, overall, this performance was as poor as any I’ve seen from us in a long time, with the obvious exception of the Aston Villa debacle. If anyone can recall the last time we had no shots on target in a home fixture, please send the answer on a postcard to the usual address.

Next for the Tricky Reds is a long trip down to Brighton for the 12:30 kick off on Saturday; a draw there would put us top of the league, temporarily at least, but I would expect to see our strongest available eleven take three points from the Seagulls. After tonight’s woeful performance, the south coast side could well be facing a backlash. It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for them.


MOTM: Leon Esterhuizen and Mike Dawson, the winemakers at Journey’s End winery in Stellenbosch. Yes, it’s a rare excursion to South Africa today; the silky, deep 2015 Cape Doctor went down a treat with tonight’s veal. Smashing.


In juxtaposition to the above: leggy


Klopp the only one to blame here.

Take a risk. Field a strong side. Win your home game against the opponent we trashed 5-0 away. Job done. Play the u23s vs. Ajax and M‘land.

Would be far more beneficial in the long term


Well that was a waste of my time


Well that was a wee bit shit. Strange one, team was good enough to win.

Well played Atalanta.


Dog shit, but not the end of the world.


Funny old game… following our best performance of the season we then produce our worst. No tempo, no passion. Move on to Brighton on Saturday.


Could have played another 90 minutes and wouldn’t score today.
One shot towards the goal, abysmal.


Meh fuck it. We have 9 points on the board.

Brighton will be shitting their pants.

No injuries.



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Didn’t even have a sniff at a goal for the entire game. An absolutely shit game to end a shit day.

God forbid we make it easy for ourselves.

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jus worried who starts in midfield on saturday as milly, gini and jones must be knackered

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Thiago, Hendo and Gini…

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A mere pothole in the road hardly any of us will remember this game by next season and its going to have no bearing on this season, for that matter, but we looked dog tired.


That was awful from us. Big Div was absolutely terrible the same as the rest. The difference? He looked and played like he wasn’t interested. The rest put in the effort but a combination of a completely changed team along with tiredness contributed to a really poor performance.
I never ever want to see Big Div in a LFC shirt again. Unless he’s in the stands supporting us.

We were on our heels, lacked ingenuity, our play was predictable.

The ref? Would rather he called the fouls as we would have had a few free kicks on the edge of the box.


No it would not if we got another player injured. Klopp playing the long game here and thank fucks for that


Klopp and Sadio have to accept they had their respective worst games for Liverpool this year.
Atalanta were simply superb though. A team out to avenge an embarrassment - causing us one.