Klopp hails ‘unplayable’ front three after Atalanta thrashing

James Holland

Jurgen Klopp ‘doesn’t think anyone could’ve defended against the front three’ as Liverpool thrashed Atalanta away from home.

Diogo Jota opened the scoring in the 16th-minute with a delightful dink over the opposition keeper.

He scored his second in the 33rd-minute before Mohamed Salah made it three early in the second half.

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The Egyptian forward countered from an Atalanta corner. He then guided the ball into the far corner brilliantly.

Sadio Mane got on the scoresheet soon after by chipping the ball over the Atalanta keeper.

Jota finished off the scoring by going round the keeper and slotting the ball home in the 54th-minute.

The victory was a statement of intent from the Reds, proving that they are strong contenders this season.

Speaking after the game, Klopp told reporters: “That was a performance we needed tonight. My boys played an incredible game, the front line defending and attacking was outstanding.

“Top level, last line pushing up and knowing the threat Atalanta can cause. You win a game 5-0, you could score more goals but our goalie had to still make three world-class saves. Overall, a really good game.

“It’s about the players, it was difficult against us tonight, I don’t think anyone could’ve defended against Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Diogo Jota so it wasn’t about the tactics or our system it was about the team.

“90% of my players have three games in the international break, my players are still on duty. After [Man] City this weekend it’s only me who gets a week off. But we have to recover now and we will need it. Then we can see who is available and City are a different team so we have to make sure we’re ready for that.”

Jota has proven once again that he has the ability to break into the front three. It will be interesting to see whether he starts over Roberto Firmino at the weekend.

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