Liverpool host Atalanta at Anfield as the former seek to confirm their qualification from their group. Liverpool has so far had an easy group stage compared to the last three years and have won their first three games with ease. Atalanta has had their good start to their group stage derailed by Liverpool’s emphatic victory at the Bergamo Stadium. Both clubs have different aims, but both will seek to win against each other.
A fully changed line-up is expected
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to field a much changed line-up against the Italians, hoping to rest his depleted first team. Fringe players like Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino are expected to play a starting role here. Neco Williams and Konstantinos Tsimikas are also expected to replace James Milner and Andy Robertson respectively.
It remains to be seen who will be the centre-back pairing. It is expected that Rhys Williams will make another start against the Italians. What remains a doubt is who will partner the youngster. Georginio Wijnaldum and Curtis Jones will most likely make the midfield with either James Milner or Fabinho being the third midfielder.
Atalanta come in to this game having drawn 0-0 with Spezia. Mattia Caldara and Matteo Ruggeri are expected to miss the match and Ruslan Malinovskiyi will miss the match having tested positive for Covid-19. They will be looking to prove a point against Liverpool having been beaten by them last time.
Liverpool: Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Trent Alexander Arnold
Doubtful: Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson
Atalanta: Mattia Caldera, Ruslan Malinoskiyi (Covid-19) and Matteo Rugari
Liverpool: Alisson Becker; Neco Williams; Fabinho; Rhys Williams; Kostas Tsimikas; James Milner; Gini Wijnaldum; Curtis Jones; Mohamed Salah; Takumi Minamino; Divock Origi
Atalanta: Marco Sportiello; Jose Luis Palomino; Cristian Romero; Rafael Toloi; Hans Hateboer; Mario Pasalic; Remo Freuler; Robin Gosens; Alejandro Gomez: Duvan Zapata: Luis Muriel