Atalanta put their current struggles behind them at Anfield on Wednesday night as they recorded a memorable European victory, beating Liverpool 2-0 in a superb efficiency.
Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens bagged inside 4 minutes of each other within the second half, nevertheless it was captain Papu Gomez who performed essentially the most instrumental position, aiding Ilicic’s opener and placing within the cross that Hans Hateboer nodded into Gosens’ path for the second.
The primary 45 minutes got here and went with out an excessive amount of in the way in which of probabilities, although Gian Piero Gasperini’s facet would have been the happier of the 2 on the break with how issues had unfolded.
With each Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel on the bench, La Dea have been missing an actual focus of their assault, and nominal forwards Papu Gomez and Ilicic often dropped deep to look to create issues themselves.
Ilicic had a few sights at aim however was unable to hassle Alisson Becker along with his efforts, whereas Gomez himself had a low shot that he despatched vast.
Probably the most threatening effort got here from Gosens on the left. The German discovered himself in house out vast and regarded to catch Alisson off guard, driving a strong shot in the direction of his close to put up. Reacting shortly, Alisson acquired a robust arm throughout to show the strike vast.
Liverpool have been restricted to only one try within the first half, which Mohamed Salah despatched over the crossbar.
The second half noticed a slower begin from the Bergamaschi, however there was no shock when Papu Gomez delivered a shocking ball for Ilicic to open the scoring. Some affected person play ended with the No.10 on the left, permitting him to ship an ideal cross in entrance of Alisson’s aim, from the place the Slovenian stretched to show in his first aim of the season.
Klopp, although, responded by bringing on 4 substitutes, exhibiting simply what he had considered the Reds’ efficiency within the first hour.
If the primary didn’t come as a fantastic shock, the second definitely did as Robin Gosens volleyed in one other simply moments later. One other affected person transfer ended with that man Papu Gomez once more delivering an inch-perfect cross to the again put up. Hateboer climbed highest to nod to his reverse wing-back Gosens and the German side-footed a volley previous Alisson.
From then, Atalanta regarded to maintain Liverpool at bay and use the ball properly once they had it, with Gomez naturally their focus always.