UEFA Champions League preview: Atalanta vs Liverpool

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Liverpool will play Atalanta in their first-ever competitive game in the Champions League.

Stadium: Atleti Azzurri d’Italia

Key statistics

  • It will be the first-ever game between Liverpool and Atalanta across all competitions.
  • Liverpool have lost all their away games against Italian opponents – Napoli and Roma – in UCL under Jurgen Klopp.


Although they haven’t been at their usual best this season in Serie A, Atalanta can be destructive on their day, like they were against Lazio, Midtjylland and Torino this season.

Atalanta have picked up a win and a draw in the Champions League and will try to make the most out of their fixture against Liverpool.

The Bergamo outfit also won their Serie A fixture against Crotone days ago and are now in good shape ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game.

AtalantaPossible line-up

Sportiello; Toloi, Romero, Djimsiti; Hateboer, Freuler, Pasalic, Gosens; Ilicic, Gomez; Zapata

Injured players

Mattia Caldara, Marco Carnesecchi, Cristiano Piccini and Marten de Roon


Liverpool have won all of their games since the draw against Everton in the Premier League weeks ago.

It is to be noted that none of the victories was comprehensive and dominant like they were at the start of the season.

Diogo Jota has scored in Liverpool’s last three games, even in the weekend’s Premier League fixture against West Ham United.

Jurgen Klopp will also look to put an end to the jinx against the Italian opponents when the Reds face off Atalanta on Tuesday.

LiverpoolPossible line-up

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, R Williams, Gomez, Robertson; Shaqiri, Henderson, Milner; Salah, Mane, Jota

The German manager is unlikely to avail the services of Joel Matip and Thiago, who both suffered injuries in the Merseyside derby. Klopp has also been left with defender conundrum after the injuries of Virgil van Dijk, Matip and auxiliary centre-back Fabinho. Rhys William could get the nod to partner Joe Gomez in the defence.