Instead, ardent fans witnessed a crushing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Gian Gasperini’s men on Wednesday night at Anfield.
Atalanta not only inflicted Liverpool’s first home defeat in the group stages of the Champions League for over six years, but they also made the Premier League champions look toothless.
A night to forget for Divock Origi:
Origi was given a rare start in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, leading the line alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
He has earned cult status at Anfield over the years for famous goals against Barcelona and Everton, to name but a few. But last night, he was anonymous in the first half.
Liverpool only had one shot on a goal through Mohamed Salah that came in the 43rd minute of the match.
Klopp was clearly unhappy with Origi’s efforts in the first half and blasted the Belgian forward from the touchline, complaining about his lack of movement.
To be honest, the No 27 looked a little awkward in the first period at Anfield – which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, given his lack of involvement this season.
Leading the line against Atalanta in the Champions League, Origi wasn’t really afforded many chances to make a difference.
Origi to leave?
Divock Origi has only made four appearances for Liverpool this season while two of his appearances have arrived in the League Cup, one came in the 2-0 victory over FC Midtjylland in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
The 25-year-old will need to make the most of his chances in order to force his way back into the first-team fold on a regular basis.
The arrival of Diogo Jota from Wolves has thrust the Belgian even further down Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order this term.
According to reports, Origi has been linked to Club Brugge and could pursue a loan deal. Such a switch would perhaps be a wise one from the player’s perspective to get his career back on track.
Nevertheless, despite his minimal contribution as of late, Divock Origi remains a cult hero at Anfield with a number of crucial goals on his Liverpool resume.
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