Liverpool v Atalanta : UEFA Champions League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 24-11-2020 12:43 pm (4 months ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 24-11-2020 12:43 PM (4 months ago)
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Date :Wednesday 25th, November  2020
Time: 9:00pm
Stadium Anfield
Referee Carlos del Cerro (Spain)
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Team News

Liverpool should be able to welcome Mohamed Salah back into their side after he returned a negative coronavirus test, with a positive test during international duty ruling him out of the Leicester win.

Salah has scored in each of his last four Liverpool appearances, including in his last two in the Champions League.

It is Diogo Jota who is the man of the moment when it comes to goals for Liverpool, though; the summer signing scored a hat-trick in the reverse fixture to catapult him to the top of the Champions League scoring charts, and another goal on Wednesday would see him become the fastest player to score five goals in the competition for the club.

Despite Salah's possible return, Liverpool could still be without as many as nine players through injury.

Klopp is hopeful over the fitness of captain Jordan Henderson and summer signing Thiago Alcantara, but is unlikely to take any risks over the midfield duo if they are anything less than 100% fit.

Rhys Williams should be fit after suffering a hip injury on international duty and he could come straight into the starting XI if Klopp chooses to rest Fabinho after he played the full 90 minutes in his first game back after injury at the weekend.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all remain sidelined, while Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri have added to an already-crowded treatment room.

Considering such a lengthy injury list, Liverpool's relatively comfortable situation in the group and a 12.30pm kickoff on Saturday, Klopp could opt to rest one of his four main attackers, with Sadio Mane seemingly first in line.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; N Williams, R Williams, Matip, Robertson; Jones, Wijnaldum, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Jota
Liverpool Champions League form: WWW
Liverpool form (all competitions): WWWWDW

Atalanta, meanwhile, will likely be without Mattia Caldara until the New Year due to a knee injury, while Ruslan Malinovskyi is absent due to illness and Fabio Depaoli is also out.

There was good news on the injury front at the weekend, though, with Robin Gosens, Marten de Roon, Jose Luis Palomino and Pierluigi Gollini all returning during the goalless draw with Spezia at the weekend.

Duvan Zapata has been directly involved in five goals in five Champions League group games for Atalanta, with three of those goals coming in three appearances this season.

Atalanta BC possible starting lineup:
Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti; Hateboer, Pasalic, Freuler, Mojica, Gomez; Zapata, Muriel
Atalanta BC Champions League form: WDL
Atalanta BC form (all competitions): LDWLDD

Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Atalanta BC

Posted: at 24-11-2020 12:43 PM (4 months ago) | Hero