It is so hard to pick out Liverpool’s three best players on a night where every player performed strongly.
Liverpool hit five goals past Atalanta for a memorable win in Italy.
Here is a look at our pick of the bunch, and there are so many players who deserve to be on the shortlist…
Wow. What more can you say about Liverpool’s latest attacking addition. Diogo Jota put on a clinic at the expense of a hapless Atalanta defence.
His pace, directness and clinical finishing caused serious problems for a highly rated side who just had no answer for him.
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The prospect of playing through the middle in a three-man attack clearly suited him with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane on opposite sides. Jota touched the ball just 41 times, and scored three goals.
He had another shot blocked and also completed two dribbles for his team to round off a truly iconic performance that will live long in the memory of club folklore.
Liverpool even let him have a rest too, just after the hour mark. Hopefully, he takes his form to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
This was Sadio Mane back to his electrifying best. From start-to-finish, he ran Atalanta’s defence absolutely ragged. He was so good for Liverpool that the likes of Rafael Tolói will be seeing the Senegalese ace in his sleep.
Mane persistently looked to drive Liverpool forward and was very unselfish in his build-up play too. His hard work off the ball also proved clinical in keeping the team on the front foot before he and his attacking partners did the damage up top.
He scored and assisted to take his tally for the season to five goals and three assists from his opening 10 matches.
He touched the ball 55 times in total, contributed four shots on target, created two chances and completed one dribble.
Such a devastating attacking masterclass prompted both Peter Crouch and Rio Ferdinand to wax lyrically about his performance following the 5-0 win.
“He’s a joy to watch,” Crouch told BT Sport. “We had a discussion on who do you take? I think round the households through the country, it’s who do you take: Mane and Salah at the moment?
“What a finish. He’s running full pelt on his left foot. He’s wide of the six-yard box and he still manages to dink it over him. It’s fantastic.”
“Do you know what I like about him? He makes difficult situations look easy,” Ferdinand added.
“He does that as well as anybody. Some of the things he does in the match, you think: ‘how has he done that and looked so calm and cool and collected in that situation? He’s my favourite.”
You can make a case for youngsters Curtis Jones and Rhys Williams who both stepped in brilliantly against one of Europe’s most feared attacking outlets or even Joe Gomez who once again marshalled his defence expertly.
But you have to give credit for the way Alisson Becker stood out for his team to help Liverpool secure their third successive clean sheet in the Champions League.
Time and time again, the Brazilian shot-stopper was a hulking presence between the sticks to thwart what ever danger Atalanta attempted to throw his way.
He was an imperious figure once again for his team leaving the Reds just one victory shy of securing qualification into the last-16.
Klopp said he was pleased with the quality of his team’s performances but admitted the team were indebted to the quality of their ‘world-class’ goalkeeper to maintain the Reds’ 100 per cent start in Europe.
Speaking with BT Sport, he said: “Mood outstanding. A really good game. We scored five goals and could have had more – Alisson [still had to make] made three world-class saves.”
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