Liverpool suffered a very poor 0-2 defeat against Atalanta on Wednesday. It forces them to wait to qualify from their UEFA Champions League group.
Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta – not a result we saw coming. Very few Reds played well on a disappointing night. Victory would have brought about Champions League qualification, after all.
Here’s how we rated the performances.
Alisson Becker – 5
Conceded two but no one could have expected him to stop either goal. Other than that, he really didn’t have much to do.
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Neco Williams – 3
A really poor game. He never got up to the speed of the game, frequently looking out of his depth and giving the ball away.
Joel Matip –
Rhys Williams – 4
At fault for the second goal as he just left his man. His worst performance thus far – but it’s not really close. You’re going to get these from inexperienced players.
Kostas Tsimikas – 5
Didn’t accomplish much but you can see the energy and intensity there. Don’t want to judge him too much as it was his first serious appearance.
Curtis Jones – 5
Tried to get involved but nothing came off for him. Far from the player he was in Bergamo, in truth.
Gini Wijnaldum – 5
There for a very quiet period of the game. A very middling performance, like everyone else at that point.
James Milner – 7
Milner was absolutely everywhere on a night that saw him covering all over midfield and defence. Stood up to help out whenever he could and his energy was truly remarkable. This is a player who played the full 90 on Sunday in a different position, remember.
Sadio Mane – 5
The only forward to play the whole game but didn’t really do much. The effort levels were there but little else, unfortunately.
Divock Origi – 4
A rare opportunity for Origi but he didn’t come close to taking it. We’re not sure when we’ll see him next after this.
Mohamed Salah – 6
Lots of running but no service at all. Did try to make things happen, though, and was unfortunate with a right-footed effort in the first-half.
Andy Robertson – 6
Can’t fault his work-rate after coming on. Like everyone else, however, nothing clicked.
Fabinho – 5
Didn’t do anything wrong but never got the chance to as Atalanta sat back soon after he came on.
Roberto Firmino – 5
Tried, of course, but nothing came off – we’re saying that quite a lot.
Diogo Jota – 5
And we’ll say it here again. Ran plenty, tried to do something, just couldn’t click with anything.
Takumi Minamino – N/A
Didn’t really get enough time to do anything.