Liverpool suffered a very disappointing 2-0 defeat against Atalanta on Wednesday. No one played well but here are three players who really dropped the ball.
We can put a lot of the disappointing performances down to fatigue, of course. Liverpool played this fixture just three days after Leicester City and many were visibly tired.
Still, a few don’t have that excuse as they didn’t face the Foxes. We pick out three Reds who missed their chance.
Neco Williams looked out of his depth, unfortunately. This was arguably his biggest start for the club – and it only came about because Trent Alexander-Arnold is injured.
Tellingly, Jurgen Klopp opted to use James Milner at right-back against Leicester. It’s likely because Williams isn’t quite ready to face good, attacking sides.
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He gave the ball away far too often and panicked on more than one occasion. There were moments of good, though – he played one fantastic cross late on that no one took advantage of.
The talent is there, undoubtedly, but Williams missed a chance to earn more minutes here.
Rhys Williams really wasn’t bad over the full 90 but one moment took all the shine off. He failed to track his man for the second Atalanta goal, leaving Liverpool 2-0 behind and killing the game.
It was the kind of mistake that you do expect from 19-year-old’s with very little senior experience – let alone Champions League experience.
But it was still a reminder that Liverpool probably can’t rely on Williams consistently this season. He’s too raw to play with any regularity – a real problem when the team is short on centre-halves.
Divock Origi didn’t play against Leicester. He’s also not a 19-year-old playing his first top-flight season. So there’s little excuse for how poorly he played.
Now, Origi is likely rusty, given his lack of games this season. But starting in a Champions League game alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane is about as great an opportunity as you get.
It’s not like he was thrown into a low-tempo League Cup game and having to work with the kids. He had two of the world’s best attackers either side of him.
But Origi was awful. He just didn’t do anything and looked out of his depth at times. It’s one thing to say that about 19-year-old Neco Williams but another about a 25-year-old international forward.
There was little doubt anyway but Origi is firmly lightyears behind Diogo Jota in the pecking order. Likely Takumi Minamino, too, who can surely put in a better showing than this.