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  • David Tyrer

Champions League Match Preview: Atalanta vs Liverpool

Date & time: November 3rd, 2020 - 8pm

Where: Stadio di Bergamo

Is it on: BT Sport

Ref: Ovidiu Hategan


Atalanta away will represent Liverpool's toughest game in Europe - so far - this season. The Italians are, admittedly, not in the greatest form of late but they're still a dangerous side.


An attacking team reminiscent of Jurgen Klopp's very early-LFC; attacking, fast-paced, high-pressing and very gung-ho, they will not be taken lightly.


But they will also likely give Klopp's men plenty of opportunities. Something most sides generally don't. Particularly when considered the 'underdogs'.


Sitting fourth in Serie A at present, Atalanta are having their second crack at the Champions League in successive seasons. So they don't exactly come into this with a lack of experience either, after having reached the quarter-finals last season.


A narrow, very impressive, defeat to PSG was all that stood between them and the semis and they will no doubt be looking at the match tomorrow as their chance to take top spot and establish a lead at the top of Group D.


Injuries & Suspension


The Reds will hopefully have Joel Matip, Naby Keita and the elusive and mythical Kostas Tsimikas back for the tie in Italy tomorrow night.


It's not clear as to whether Thiago is available, as it was hinted he was close to a return before the weekend, but it should fill out the squad a little bit, at least with those three able to return.


As we know with Jurgen, the likelihood of any of them actually starting us up for debate but Matip's return, in particular, would be very welcome ahead of the weekend.


The usual suspects are missing for the away side, whilst James Milner may miss out after training by himself today. So the question remains: who starts alongside Gomez?


Last 5 games:


Atalanta (all comps): L-W-L-D-W

Liverpool (all comps): D-W-W-W-W


Predicted Line up


So, the question on everyone's mind will be: who partners Joe Gomez? It's a tough one, made all the more difficult as we know that Nat Phillips isn't in the European squad.


It's a shame as he deserves to make his debut tomorrow night but it is what it is. Rhys Williams seems the most likely, but the timely return of Joel Matip is a boost. It's unlikely he'll start, with the 28 year old being held back until Man City.


Then again, getting 90 minutes under his belt tomorrow night would also stand him in good stead ahead of our biggest game of the season - so far - this coming Sunday.


Elsewhere, both Diogo Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri have made a very strong case to get a start against Atalanta after another double cameo that saw them combine for another winner on Saturday night. An off-form Firmino could well be making way, along with Jones.


Predicted starting XI: Alisson, Trent, R.Williams, Gomez, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Jota, Shaqiri, Mane, Salah.



 

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