Atalanta vs Liverpool: Champions League preview

The reigning English champions currently sit two points clear at the top of Group D after following a narrow away win over Ajax with a 2-0 defeat of Danish debutants FC Midtjylland at Anfield last week.

Jurgen Klopp’s side then left it late to overcome resurgent West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday, with Mohamed Salah and summer signing Diogo Jota netting in both of those most recent victories.

The Reds’ defensive shortages are likely to be sorely tested by a free-scoring Atalanta side looking to leapfrog them into top spot in the group.

Atalanta vs Liverpool is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off on Tuesday, November 3 2020.

The match will be held behind closed doors at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo due to Government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting from 7pm.

Fabinho remains sidelined for Liverpool – who will be without talismanic centre-back Virgil van Dijk for several months following surgery – with a thigh injury, while Thiago Alcantara was again absent from the matchday squad against West Ham as he battles a knee issue.

Joel Matip also missing out led to Nathaniel Phillips making his Premier League debut at the weekend, with the 23-year-old impressing with a man-of-the-match display.

Naby Keita and Kostas Tsimikas (thigh) are also yet to return, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a long-term absentee.

Prediction: Atalanta 2-2 Liverpool

Atalanta once again lead the way in terms of goals scored in Serie A this season, while they have already notched six in two Champions League ties.

They should be able to breach this depleted Liverpool defence more than once in a potentially thrilling encounter, though the Reds boast the necessary firepower to keep pace with their hosts.

A high-scoring draw seems the likely outcome here.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

These two clubs have never previously met in official Uefa competition.

  • Atalanta win – 9/4
  • Liverpool win – 6/5
  • Draw – 16/5
  • Over 2.5 goals – 2/5

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