Liverpool welcome Atalanta at Anfield knowing that victory would seal their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare.
Liverpool sits comfortably at the top of Group D, five points clear of their nearest rivals, fresh from dishing out Atalanta’s worst ever home European defeat on matchday three. The six-time European champions are again among the favourites to go all the way this season.
Liverpool who thrashed Leicester Cityin the Premier League with more than half of their starting XI players missing out. Klopp’s side were dominant from the first minute to the last as they won the game 3-0. Liverpool will be looking for the first time since April 2018. Another victory on Wednesday could see them keep four Champions League clean sheets on the bounce and win four Champions League matches in a row for the first time since March 2009.
Atalanta must realize that if they are to break the run, they need a dramatically improved result from the reverse fixture, but they do not arrive in especially good shape at Anfield. Since beating FC Midtjylland in their Champions League opener, Gian Piero Gasperini’s side have won just one of their last six games. Even the goals seem to have dried up for a club that has been one of Europe’s most exciting and prolific teams in recent times.
Klopp is hopeful of Captain Jordan Henderson’s fitness and Thiago Alcantara’s summer signing, but if they are anything less than 100% fit, they are unlikely to take any chances over the midfield duo.After sustaining a hip injury on international duty, Rhys Williams should be fit. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all remain sidelined, while Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri have added to an already-crowded injury list.
Atalanta, meanwhile will possibly be without Mattia Caldara because of a knee injury before the New Year while Ruslan Malinovskyi is absent because of illness and Fabio Depaoli is also out. However, with Robin Gosens, Marten de Roon, Jose Luis Palomino and Pierluigi Gollini all returning during the goalless draw with Spezia on the weekend, there was positive news on the injury front on the weekend.
Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson; N Williams, R Williams, Matip, Robertson; Jones, Wijnaldum,Jota; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti; Hateboer, Pasalic, Freuler, Mojica, Gomez; Zapata, Muriel