Liverpool’s players had a lot to celebrate after demolishing Atalanta 5-0.
Atalanta came into this match one of the most feared attacking outlets in Europe, and reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season.
Diogo Jota (3), Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane all scored.
This was Jota’s first Liverpool career hat-trick, and posting on social media, he says he had waited a long time for his moment.
The Portugal international admitted that if Liverpool are able to replicate such a dominant performance at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, they will certainly cause Manchester City problems.
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Speaking with BT Sport, he said: “Well, I think five goals – it doesn’t happen so often [that you] score five in one game so I think that’s good. I think the clean sheet as well, so if we can do the clean sheet against City I am pretty sure we will win the game.”
Trent Alexander-Arnold supplied the pass for Liverpool’s opening goal, and he also posted on social media celebrating a third successive Champions League win.
Teammates Alisson Becker and Jordan Henderson also posted on Instagram, with the Brazilian goalkeeper pointing out that he felt the team combined together to produce a complete performance.
Rhys Williams was also amongst the starting XI to register his first Champions League start for Liverpool, he followed that up with the team’s third consecutive clean sheet in Europe.
After the match, the 19-year-old celebrated what was a ‘great team performance’ with an Instagram post and also sent a special congratulatory message to man-of-the-hour Jota.
Other Liverpool stars that sent messages to supporters following arguably the best performance of the 2020/21 season so far were Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson, James Milner, Curtis Jones and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Liverpool now have a few days to prepare for their gargantuan Premier League bout with title-rivals Manchester City.
The Reds have now won five out of five since that chaotic Merseyside derby that saw so many setbacks that threatened to have major ramifications on Liverpool’s aspirations this season.
So far, Jurgen Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’ have delivered the perfect response in the face of adversity.
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