Liverpool have beaten Atalanta at the Gewiss Stadium, winning 5-0.
Diogo Jota (3), Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored the goals.
Here is a look at five things we learned from the victory.
Liverpool were so good
Considering Liverpool were worked to their physical limits to grind out crucial wins prior to their trip to Atalanta, this was a huge statement from the Premier League champions.
This was a complete performance from start to finish from every Liverpool player on the pitch. It certainly was the best 90-minute display we have seen from the Reds this season.
Jurgen Klopp got his selection choices absolutely spot-on and every player carried out his tactical plan to a tee.
Diogo Jota made it six goals in five matches both in the Premier League and Europe – a magnificent feat considering he has only been at the club a matter of weeks.
Every member of the front-three were on the scoresheet and it was the first major indication that there could be a changing of the guard in terms of the future dynamic of Klopp’s attacking triumvirate.
This was a display for everybody to be proud of. Liverpool’s season is properly up and running now.
It’s just a crying shame this kind of performance did not have fans in attendance to soak it in.
What a signing
We are running out of superlatives to describe Liverpool’s latest attacking addition.
It was yet another memorable performance from the £41 million man who is making such a fee look like small change with another huge statement of intent.
Jota was absolutely unplayable in that first-half and his finishing was nothing shy of devastating. He made both goals look easy, but they weren’t.
This will ignite Jota’s season even further and now Liverpool have a big selection dilemma up front away to Manchester City at the weekend.
A big night for the youngsters
The manager’s decision to entrust both Rhys Williams and Curtis Jones to make their mark was an inspired one to say the least.
Both players were exceptional and neither looked out of place in a side that put one of Europe’s most feared attacking outlets to the sword.
Williams was handed his first Champions League start for Liverpool and was imperious from start-to-finish.
Paired alongside Joe Gomez, both defenders were dominant in the air and ice-cool in possession.
Jones, meanwhile was just as influential and was one of Liverpool’s most creative outlets.
He had one effort on target, created two chances and made two dribbles to round off arguably his most accomplished performance given the magnitude of the match and the quality of the opponent.
Both Williams and Jones seem to be growing in stature with every passing game and this can only bode well for Klopp in regards to competition for places.
Liverpool take control
Liverpool are now firmly in control of this Champions League group and are just one victory away from securing their qualification into the last-16.
A win at Anfield against Atalanta after the international break will be enough to clinch qualification, while Ajax and FC Midtjylland take points off one another.
The Reds cannot underestimate the Italian outfit for the return leg at Anfield, but this is a great position to be in.
Early qualification will also enable Klopp to put a greater onus on the league. He has probably done that already.
It says so much about Liverpool’s options that Roberto Firmino was left on the bench while Klopp was also without the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho.
The fact Liverpool have an array of quality in all positions is further testament to the incredible job Klopp has overseen in just five short years at the club.
Even the youngsters are showcasing they can step up when called upon. Williams and Jones both took their opportunities in the starting XI and both justified they are worthy of more chances in the future.
Klopp is still trying to work out his best XI and balance the team from week to week, taking into account fitness, injuries and suspensions.
Keeping Firmino on the bench was unthinkable for a big game last season. Thiago’s arrival gives the manager the freedom to rotate.
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