Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen thinks their performance in their 2-0 loss to Atalanta on Wednesday night was the “worst” for “a long time”.
Jurgen Klopp made five changes from Sunday’s victory over Leicester, including altering three of his back four, and paid for it with a first defeat at Anfield in 90 minutes since Chelsea triumphed there in September 2018.
It was Klopp’s heaviest loss in 137 matches at Anfield, the Reds’ worst since losing 3-0 to West Ham in August 2015, and the first time since data began to be collected in 2003 that they failed to record a single shot on target in a home Champions League game.
Even the return of Mohamed Salah after his positive Covid-19 test could not lift the side out of their torpor as second-half goals from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens ensured there would be no option for Klopp to rest players in both of their final two group games.
Speaking after the match Owen told BT Sport: “It was a really really poor performance, the worst we’ve seen from Liverpool in a long time. It’s one of those where you go, ‘let’s put this to one side and focus on the next one.’
“You always must look at the positives. If you are going to have a bad day, you should have it today.
“If you said at the start of the group, you need one win from the last two games, then Liverpool would have taken it. If you are going to lose one then this is not a bad one. It is not ideal but it’s better than (losing) on Sunday.”