Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta: What we learned from Reds’ shock defeat
There are few sporting codes that draw the kind of emotion football does.
One can feel on top of the world and before they know it, is consumed by tears of despair.
Well, that’s exactly what I experienced with the club I so love, Liverpool.
This past weekend when the Reds beat Leicester 3 nil and we looked near perfect.
With an 8-game unbeaten run in all competitions, defeat would dare not enter our domain.
However, that’s exactly what happened last night when most Kopites thought victory was a formality for Liverpool. If the Reds had beaten Italian club Atlanta, reaching the round of 16 in the Champions League would’ve been all but confirmed.
Liverpool looked tentative from the word go
The 2018-19 Champions League winners didn’t really look in their zone last night. There wasn’t even a single opportunity worthy of a goal being created in the full 90 minutes.
The Reds had 4 shots in the entire game, with not even one being on target.
Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp have done so well with a simple mantra of relentless attacking. Truth be told though, that was missing last night amid 5 changes from the personnel that beat Leicester.
The biggest change being the returning Mohamed Salah albeit resulting in nothing favourable for the Reds.
Atlanta’s double delight
The Italian club Atlanta has actually dropped more points in home games compared to away matches. This trend continued when in 2 sheer moments of brilliance.
Slovenian forward Josip Iličić scored the first goal in the 60th minute and 4 minutes later the German, Robin Gosens doubled the lead for the
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The second goal was the nail in the coffin for the Reds and they never seemed to recover after.
What’s next for Liverpool?
To harbour ambitions of reaching the next round of 16, the Reds will have to get the better of the Dutch club Ajax next week at home.
Nothing less than massive improvement should suffice after this shocking and rather unexpected defeat.
Whether this is a one-off or a sign of things to come, we will soon know but as a Liverpool loyalist I will still walk with them in every step as will millions of Kopites around the world.
As an eternal optimist, I would have to believe there will be light at the end of the tunnel and it’s our duty to remind every Liverpool player ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, irrespective!