Jota’s hat-trick helps 5-purpose Liverpool thrash Atalanta

Jota’s hat-trick helps 5-purpose Liverpool thrash Atalanta
Diogo Jota
Diogo Jota has scored seven objectives in 10 games for Liverpool

In-originate Diogo Jota scored a terrific hat-trick as Liverpool made a huge Champions League statement of intent with a improbable opt at Atalanta.

Jurgen Klopp’s aspect luxuriate in won all three Community D games with out conceding a purpose, and victory in a single in every of their remaining fixtures ought to be enough to make a choice them through to the knockout stages.

Portugal global Jota confirmed why he was as soon as given a originate forward of Roberto Firmino by scoring for a fourth consecutive game, dinking in a pleasant opener sooner than doubling the lead with a thumping strike at the shut to post.

He achieved his triple within the second period, gathering Sadio Mane’s slide sooner than going spherical goalkeeper Marco Sportiello and slotting into an originate win.

In between Jota’s third, the Reds netted two speedy-fireplace objectives within the inspiration of the second half of as Mohamed Salah took full splendid thing about an exposed backline to bustle determined and curl dwelling and Mane clipped within the fourth.

The Serie A aspect had sniffs of purpose, but Duvan Zapata’s strike from the angle hit the post, whereas two efforts from Luis Muriel were chuffed for goalkeeper Alisson to address.

In the neighborhood’s different game, Dutch aspect Ajax picked up their first of the campaign by beating Midtjylland 2-1, because the Danish crew live bottom of the community and with out a level.

Joyous Jota stakes his divulge

Alongside Mane and Salah, Firmino has been an computerized desire in Liverpool’s entrance three during the membership’s period of success in newest years.

However the Brazil global has been off-coloration this season, scoring appropriate as soon as in 10 games, and so Jota was as soon as given an opportunity in Bergamo which he grabbed in neat model.

Some eyebrows were raised at the £41m fee paid to signal the participant from Wolves, however the 23-year-dilapidated appears to be like every bit a Liverpool participant as he took his tally to seven objectives in 10 games this term.

Buzzing spherical within the final third, he latched on to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s defence-splitting slide sooner than avoiding the attentions of defender Jose Luis Palomino and chipping in a frigid carry out.

He took his second with aplomb, bringing down Joe Gomez’s raking slide and firing in at the shut to post, sooner than rolling within the third on 54 minutes to make a choice dwelling the match ball.

Jota’s objectives luxuriate in been compulsory this season, scoring winners in opposition to Sheffield United and West Ham and but any other wonderful performance has given boss Klopp a gratifying desire quandary, with a mountainous time out to rivals Manchester City coming up on Sunday (kick-off 16: 30 GMT).

Ruthless Reds expose Atalanta

Liverpool hat-trick scores
Jota grew to become the 10th participant to compile a hat-trick for Liverpool within the European Cup/Champions League

There was as soon as a feeling of doom for Premier League champions Liverpool within the inspiration of October when they went three games with out victory – shedding on penalties to Arsenal within the Carabao Cup, humiliated 7-2 by Aston Villa and drawing 2-2 at Everton.

Further gloom followed at Goodison Park when key centre-support Virgil van Dijk suffered a knee injury which is able to support him out for loads of the season.

However the trouncing at Villa Park has proved to be merely a blip as they luxuriate in responded standard by claiming victory in their final 5 consecutive games, with this existing in Europe their most devastating of the season to this level.

With a defence featuring England Underneath-21 global Rhys Williams, Liverpool blunted a worthy-lauded Atalanta aspect that had reached the quarter-finals final season and scored 40 objectives in their old 19 games in Europe.

At the different conclude of the pitch, they kept Sportiello busy, with the Atalanta goalkeeper making a improbable full-stretch build to discontinue Mane’s roller, to boot to conserving out a pressure from the Senegal global.

They’ll merely properly luxuriate in had extra objectives tiresome on but Salah screwed huge after darting determined but but again and Mane’s free header from six yards out was as soon as straight at Sportiello.

Finally, all three of the attacking trident brutally exposed a high Atalanta backline, as Mane and Salah served a reminder that despite Jota taking the plaudits, they too are nonetheless very worthy a menacing prospect to address.

Liverpool luxuriate in reached two of the past three Champions League finals – finishing runners-up in 2018 and lifting the trophy for the sixth time a year later – and the early signs are they’ll opt some stopping in their yell to achieve the showpiece as soon as extra.

Huge scorer Salah – the stats

  • Liverpool’s 5-0 opt was as soon as the largest ever by an English membership away to Italian opposition in European competition.
  • Atalanta’s defeat was as soon as the second-biggest ever by an Italian aspect on dwelling soil in European competition, after Roma’s 7-1 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich in October 2014.
  • Liverpool luxuriate in won every of their past four away games within the Champions League community stage, after shedding four in a row sooner than this between October 2018 and September 2019 (all below Jurgen Klopp).
  • Liverpool boss Klopp at final won away in Italy within the Champions League after shedding on every of his 5 old visits within the competition, courtesy of three defeats by Napoli, and one every by Juventus and Roma.
  • This was as soon as handiest the second time in Champions League history that Liverpool began with two younger other folks, fielding Rhys Williams and Curtis Jones (Danny Guthrie and Lee Peltier performed in opposition to Galatasaray in December 2006).
  • Diogo Jota is handiest the second participant to compile in his first two begins within the Champions League for Liverpool, following Robbie Keane support in 2008.
  • Since his debut for Liverpool in October 2016, Trent Alexander-Arnold has registered 36 assists in all competitions, higher than any different defender for a Premier League membership in that time (Andrew Robertson is next on 35).
  • Jota has hit six objectives in his past four games for Liverpool in all competitions (after appropriate one in his first six for the Reds), with handiest Mohamed Salah (9) getting extra objectives than the Portuguese (seven) for the membership this season.
  • Salah is now the joint-top European Cup/Champions League goalscorer in Liverpool history, alongside with Steven Gerrard (21).

Player of the match

Diogo JotaDiogo Jota

with an moderate of 9.40

Atalanta

  1. Squad number91Player titleZapata

  2. Squad number57Player titleSportiello

  3. Squad number10Player titleGómez

  4. Squad number9Player titleMuriel

  5. Squad number88Player titlePasalic

  6. Squad number6Player titlePalomino

  7. Squad number2Player titleRafael Tolói

  8. Squad number33Player titleHateboer

  9. Squad number11Player titleFreuler

  10. Squad number26Player titleMojica

  11. Squad number19Player titleDjimsiti

  12. Squad number7Player titleLammers

  13. Squad number27Player titleDepaoli

  14. Squad number40Player titleRuggeri

  15. Squad number18Player titleMalinovskiy

  16. Squad number32Player titlePessina

Liverpool

  1. Squad number20Player titleDiogo Jota

  2. Squad number10Player titleMané

  3. Squad number11Player titleMohamed Salah

  4. Squad number1Player titleAlisson

  5. Squad number66Player titleAlexander-Arnold

  6. Squad number12Player titleGomez

  7. Squad number26Player titleRobertson

  8. Squad number46Player titleR Williams

  9. Squad number14Player titleHenderson

  10. Squad number17Player titleJones

  11. Squad number5Player titleWijnaldum

  12. Squad number7Player titleMilner

  13. Squad number8Player titleKeita

  14. Squad number76Player titleN Williams

  15. Squad number9Player titleRoberto Firmino

  16. Squad number21Player titleTsimikas

Line-ups

Atalanta

  • 57Sportiello
  • 2Toloi
  • 6Palomino
  • 19Djimsiti
  • 33HateboerSubstituted forDepaoliat 81′minutes
  • 88PasalicSubstituted forMalinovskiyat 63′minutes
  • 11Freuler
  • 26MojicaSubstituted forRuggeriat 81′minutes
  • 10GómezSubstituted forLammersat 81′minutes
  • 9MurielSubstituted forPessinaat 53′minutes
  • 91Zapata

Substitutes

  • 7Lammers
  • 17Romero
  • 18Malinovskiy
  • 27Depaoli
  • 31Rossi
  • 32Pessina
  • 40Ruggeri
  • 42Scalvini
  • 59Al Miranchuk
  • 72Ilicic
  • 79Traore
  • 95Gollini

Liverpool

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldSubstituted forN Williamsat 82′minutes
  • 46R Williams
  • 12Gomez
  • 26RobertsonSubstituted forKeitaat 66′minutes
  • 17JonesBooked at 21mins
  • 14HendersonSubstituted forMilnerat 65′minutes
  • 5WijnaldumBooked at 21minsSubstituted forTsimikasat 82′minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 20JotaSubstituted forFirminoat 65′minutes
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 7Milner
  • 8Keita
  • 9Firmino
  • 13Adrián
  • 18Minamino
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 27Origi
  • 32Matip
  • 62Kelleher
  • 64Cain
  • 76N Williams

Are residing Textual vow material

  1. Match ends, Atalanta 0, Liverpool 5.

  2. 2nd Half ends, Atalanta 0, Liverpool 5.

  3. Offside, Atalanta. Fabio Depaoli tries a through ball, but Duván Zapata is caught offside.

  4. Corner, Atalanta. Conceded by Neco Williams.

  5. Deplorable by Joseph Gomez (Liverpool).

  6. Duván Zapata (Atalanta) wins a free kick on the ethical creep.

  7. Deplorable by Rhys Williams (Liverpool).

  8. Sam Lammers (Atalanta) wins a free kick on the left creep.

  9. Strive blocked. Matteo Ruggeri (Atalanta) left footed shot from the centre of the sector is blocked. Assisted by Ruslan Malinovskiy with a negative.

  10. Corner, Atalanta. Conceded by Neco Williams.

  11. Deplorable by Joseph Gomez (Liverpool).

  12. Duván Zapata (Atalanta) wins a free kick on the ethical creep.

  13. Deplorable by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

  14. Ruslan Malinovskiy (Atalanta) wins a free kick on the ethical creep.

  15. Hand ball by Fabio Depaoli (Atalanta).

  16. Strive saved. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) header from the centre of the sector is saved within the centre of the purpose. Assisted by James Milner with a negative.

  17. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Marco Sportiello.

  18. Strive saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left aspect of the sector is saved within the underside ethical nook. Assisted by Neco Williams.

  19. Strive blocked. Duván Zapata (Atalanta) header from the centre of the sector is blocked. Assisted by Ruslan Malinovskiy with a negative.

  20. Corner, Atalanta. Conceded by Rhys Williams.

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