Atalanta vs Liverpool: Preview and Prediction

In a stunning upset, Atalanta stunned European giants Liverpool 3-0 at Anfield in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final tie. This victory has put Liverpool’s hopes of reaching a 21st European semi-final in serious jeopardy, while Atalanta is on the verge of making their second appearance at this stage of the competition.

The Italian side is in prime position to see out the tie, having lost just one of their last 22 Europa League matches (W13 D8). If Atalanta fans needed any further reassurance, they can point to the fact that their team has won two previous European away first legs and progressed both times!

Liverpool Face an Uphill Battle

Conversely, Liverpool has been eliminated on both occasions they have lost a home first leg in a European two-legged tie. Last week, the Reds were denied their 250th European victory on Merseyside, and they will need to produce something remarkable if they are to overturn this deficit. Such a feat would also see manager Jürgen Klopp become the first Liverpool manager to lead his team to five European semi-finals.

Fortunately, the Reds are no strangers to memorable European comebacks. They will need to produce something similar to their only previous visit to Bergamo, a 5-0 victory in November 2020. However, such an outcome seems highly unlikely, especially after their Premier League aspirations took a similar hit to their European hopes last weekend, following a shocking 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace. With that setback, Liverpool once again demonstrated their penchant for “bottling it” in front of goal.

Key Players to Watch

Atalanta’s Mario Pašalić may have already delivered the knockout blow with his third goal at Anfield last week, but his four previous goals this season have all come in home victories. He will be looking to put the final nail in the coffin. A new chapter in Liverpool’s European history could rest on the shoulders of Darwin Núñez. He has led his team to victory in 15 of his 17 appearances as a starter this season.

Stat that Matters

Liverpool has scored three or more goals on just four occasions in their last 20 away matches.

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