Liverpool take on the quarter-finalist from last season’s Champions League, Atalanta, in their third outing of the group stage.
Liverpool seem to have gotten their season back on track after four wins in the last four games, which have taken them back to the top of the Premier League table and on top of their Champions League group. Now they head off to Bergamo to face a high-flying and high-scoring Atalanta side who have captivated and enthralled viewers worldwide. Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara continue to carry injuries and may return only by this month-end, meaning they will miss this fixture.
Gian Piero Gasperini‘s side has personified the beautiful game with the style of play receiving plaudits from around the globe. Liverpool return to the Champions League on the back of an impressive away win against Ajax and a routine home win against Midtjylland. The Reds have responded well after losing 7-2 to Aston Villa and losing Virgil van Dijk to long term injury and will look to continue that in Italy.
Alisson is expected to keep his place in goal. He has been a commanding presence ever since he returned to the starting lineup at the expense of shaky Adrian. Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Roberton will play right-back and left-back respectively to provide the usual attacking thrust and defensive solidity. Joe Gomez and Rhys Williams will deputize as center backs in absence of the experienced center backs. Joel Matip has returned to training and has an outside chance of making it to the lineup.
The midfield will provide the much need work-rate and defensive solidity to the team. Klopp will call upon his midfield which worked wonders in the 2017-18 Champions League season. Captain Jordan Henderson along with versatile James Milner and ever-reliable Gini Wijnaldum will start the match. Naby Keita and Curtis Jones will provide the dynamism and energy in midfield from the bench if called upon.
Roberto Firmino, despite his lacklustre form is will keep his place in the starting lineup alongside the mercurial Sadio Mane and in-form Mohamed Salah. The front three have performed well over the years in Champions League and Klopp will bank on them to deliver again. He has also the options of Diogo Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri to call upon who combined to score the winner against West Ham on weekend, in a match which could be high-scoring due to two flamboyant attacking sides.
The Reds will look to get a good result at the Stadio di Bergamo which will increase their confidence ahead of a decisive game against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.