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Liverpool vs Atalanta BC: Preview, Team News, and Predicted Line-ups

The Injury-hit Liverpool side will host Atalanta BC in the Champions League fixture as the Reds look to continue their 100% start in the competition on Wednesday night.

Fresh from dishing out Atalanta’s heaviest ever home European defeat on matchday three, Liverpool sit comfortably at the top of Group D, five points clear of their closest challengers.

A win in this game would guarantee the Reds’ passage through to the round of 16, even with two group games still left to play.

As for Atalanta, last season’s quarter-finalists are currently sitting third in Group D after tasting victory, a draw, and a defeat. Before the hammering by Liverpool, Gian Piero Gasperini’s side drew 2-2 with Ajax after cruising past Midtjylland 4-0 in the opening fixture.

MATCH PREVIEW:

Klopp’s side will be firm favourites considering the ease with which they swept Atalanta aside in the reverse leg, plus their formidable home record – it is now 54 matches across all competitions since Liverpool were beaten at Anfield inside 90 minutes, stretching back to September 2018.

Atalanta will know that they need a vastly-improved performance from the reverse fixture if they are to end that streak, but they do not arrive at Anfield in particularly good form.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side have only won one of their last six games since beating FC Midtjylland in their Champions League opener, and even the goals seem to have dried up for a club that has been one of Europe’s most entertaining and prolific teams in recent times.

TEAM NEWS and INJURY UPDATES:

The Reds will likely line up in a similar way like they did against Leicester City, as first-choice centre-back pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez face lengthy spells on the sidelines.

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

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains sidelined, while Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri have added to an already-crowded treatment room.

The good news is Mohamed Salah tested negative for Covid-19 and returned to training yesterday.

Atalanta, on the other hand, saw a number of first-team players make their return from injury in their Serie A stalemate against Spezia.

Gasperini will still be without defender Mattia Caldara, who is out until January, as well as Ruslan Malinovskyi.

Aside from that, Atalanta should be able to field a near full-strength lineup against Liverpool.

PREDICTED LINE-UPS AND MATCH PREDICTION:

Liverpool: Alisson; Williams, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Jones, Wijnaldum, Milner; Jota, Firmino, Mane

Atalanta: Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti; Hateboer, Pasalic, Freuler, Mojica, Gomez; Zapata, Muriel

Score Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Atalanta

Salah’s return will be a massive boost for Liverpool, in addition to the confidence they already have from thumping Atalanta three weeks ago. We are going for the Reds to seal a comfortable win and their place in the knockout stages.

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