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Atalanta vs Liverpool as best and worst players are mentioned in the Reds Europa League exit 



Atalanta vs Liverpool as best and worst players are mentioned in the Reds Europa League exit

Liverpool’s ambition of winning the Europa League was dashed on Thursday night in the quarterfinals, after they started the season as the favorites.

Even though the Reds defeated Atalanta 1-0 in Italy, the Serie A team had already dealt damage a week earlier when they won the first leg at Anfield by a score of 3-0.

Liverpool’s early penalty from Mohamed Salah gave them the advantage and hope to stage a comeback. However, that was ultimately the most that Jurgen Klopp’s team could hope for, as they lacked the will and vigor to equal Atalanta’s unwavering will.

Who were Liverpool’s best and worst players on the night?


Given that Liverpool as a whole underwhelmed and disappointed, this was not exactly a high bar. Alisson wasn’t super busy in goal but he did make a handful of saves at various points that at least ensured his teammates still had a chance of getting back into the tie.

Without the Brazilian, things would have been over long before they actually were.

With less than one half of football under his belt since recovering from injury, Trent Alexander-Arnold made his first start in more than two months and clocked up 72 minutes.

That in itself is important as Liverpool gear up to now put all their focus on the Premier League title race, especially with Conor Bradley suddenly ruled out until early May. But the No.66 was also a decent creative outlet on the right flank and in midfield that was lost when he was withdrawn.

Mohamed Salah scored without problem from the penalty spot just 12 minutes into the game, but it wasn’t that which defined his night. Usually so ruthlessly effective, the Egyptian superstar wasn’t at the races and arguably hasn’t been consistently good since an injury at the Africa Cup of Nations.

There was a lack of confidence and sharpness from Salah, who was tellingly substituted with around half an hour (including stoppage time) to play when Liverpool needed at least two more goals. His single worst moment came when Cody Gakpo played him in over the top and an attemped lob over the onrushing goalkeeper was skewed harmlessly wide. For him, it should have been pretty easy.

It wasn’t that Alexis Mac Allister was bad per se, Atalanta just did a really good job of stopping him from being influential at the heart of Liverpool’s midfield.

The hosts worked tirelessly to pressure Liverpool players on the ball, denying the likes of Mac Allister the opportunity to pick passes through the lines to create chances. The Argentine was often forced to go backwards or sideways just to keep the ball, or to send it long ineffectively.






Everything Jurgen Klopp said after losing to Crystal Palace

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp talks about the Premier League title race after the loss to Crystal Palace


Liverpool FC’s recent 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the Premier League has once again highlighted a glaring issue that has haunted the team throughout the season: the chronic inability to finish chances. Jurgen Klopp and his post-match comments were a reflection of the palpable frustration with the team’s wastefulness in front of goal, and it’s high time to delve deeper into this recurring problem that threatens to derail their title aspirations.


The Reds’ performance against Crystal Palace was a microcosm of their struggles for the last month or so. Despite dominating possession and creating a plethora of scoring opportunities, Liverpool’s dumbness in front of goal was alarming. Their failure to convert these chances into goals has become an all-too-familiar narrative, costing them valuable points and leaving their title hopes hanging by a thread.


Klopp‘s remarks encapsulated the collective exasperation felt by the team and fans alike. Here is what he had to say via the club’s official website on the title race:


“It’s easy, I understand 100 per cent, of course you have to ask these questions – what does it mean for the title race and stuff like this. I am not dumb, I know that. The answer is pretty easy: if we play like we did in the first half, why should we win the league? If you play like in the second half, we can win football games. So if we can win football games then we will see how many we can win. We have to be around when the other guys now struggle, if they struggle, so that’s how it is. For us, obviously we have to win football games anyway.”


Absolutely wasteful, have been Liverpool Football Club, in front of goal.




Klopp’s assessment was a stark reminder of the team’s glaring deficiencies and the urgent need for improvement. The German manager’s frustration was evident, as he was critical of the team’s lack of ruthlessness and killer instinct in front of goal. Liverpool’s wastefulness has not only undermined their title challenge but also raised serious questions about their ability to compete at the highest level.


The Reds’ inability to finish chances has been a persistent issue that has plagued them throughout the campaign. Despite boasting a wealth of attacking talent, Liverpool have struggled to find the back of the net with consistency.


Their lack of clinical finishing has often left them vulnerable to counterattacks and has allowed opponents to capitalise on the few chances they get, as seen in the defeat to Crystal Palace. Even though the midfielders have done well, they have at times, failed to exert control and dictate the tempo of games, further exacerbating Liverpool’s offensive struggles.


The Reds have struggled in front of the goal.