It’s ‘almost a crime’ – Jurgen Klopp highlights fixture scheduling again after 2-0 Atalanta loss

Jurgen Klopp

‘Almost a crime’

Liverpool fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Atalanta on Wednesday evening. Jurgen Klopp’s side were unable to field many of their first-team players due to injury and fatigue.

The Reds backline, missing Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez through injury, was made up of Neco Williams, Rhys Williams, Joel Matip and Kostas Tsimikas. Academy graduate Curtis Jones also played in midfield, with Divock Origi replacing Roberto Firmino.

Sadio Mane started, in addition to the returning Mohamed Salah. However, second-half goals from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens put Atalanta in the driving seat for the 2nd qualifying spot in Champions League Group D.

After the match, Jurgen Klopp again referenced the intense fixture schedule. “You, my special friends, ask us to play on Saturday at 12.30 pm, which, to be honest, is almost a crime. It has nothing to do with today’s game, but congratulations on it”, said the German coach.

“My only interest at the moment is that I get a thumbs up, nobody gets injured and we recover immediately. The guys are really completely disappointed, frustrated, but we don’t have time for that. It’s all about getting fresh legs as quickly as possible and playing again, that’s it.”

Liverpool are set to take on Brighton at 12:30pm on Saturday, and Klopp is likely to rotate once again.

Historic win

Gian Piero Gasperini has lauded his side’s ‘historic’ win at Anfield, which gave Atalanta some much needed control over qualification for the last-16.

“Obviously this is something which will be written in the pages of history. It is a shame there wasn’t a crowd present, obviously this is a stadium that everyone is aware of its history, it is a part of the history of football,” said the Bergamo-based club’s coach.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Gian Piero Gasperini, Head Coach of Atalanta B.C. reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group D stage match between Liverpool FC and Atalanta BC at Anfield on November 25, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 25: Gian Piero Gasperini, Head Coach of Atalanta B.C. reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group D stage match between Liverpool FC and Atalanta BC at Anfield on November 25, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Peter Powell – Pool/Getty Images)

“They haven’t lost a Premier League game in 64 matches. This is perhaps our biggest ever victory in our history, certainly our most prestigious.”

“These victories allow you to grow and develop and improve.”

Their loss means that Liverpool will need to beat Ajax at Anfield next week, to avoid the possibility of dropping to third place in their group. Should Atalanta win against Midtjylland, coupled with Ajax falling to defeat, qualification will look much more likely for the Italians.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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