For the first time in Liverpool’s history, the striker of Diogo defeated Jot Atalanta 5-0 on Tuesday to win Champions League Group D after three straight victories.
Triple Jot continued his brilliant start to his career in Liverpool, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Manet also scored on the beautiful scoreboard for Premier League champions Jurgen Klopp.
I don’t think anyone could have defended against Sadio Manet, Mo Salah and Diogo Jot, so it wasn’t a matter of tactics or our system, it was a matter of the team, Klopp said after the game.
Jota missed his chance early on, before intercepting a pass from Trent Alexander Arnold in the 16th minute, grabbing Jose Luis Palomino and gently passing Marco Sportiello.
The Portuguese striker, who came out of Wolverhampton Wanders for the £41 million announced in September, won 2-0 in 33 minutes, checking Joe Gomez’s pass with his left foot before firing a right-footed shot.
I play for the best team I’ve ever played for. I don’t know if this is the best moment of my career, but it is clear that scoring goals is my way of playing football. I am satisfied with that, a great away game in the Champions League, a good time and a good night, Jotha said afterwards.
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Steve Nichol says Liverpool has started winning the Champions League against Atalanta again.
When he entered the home side, Salah scored a great goal in the second half for two minutes, got permission from Andy Robertson and ran from the centre of the pitch before returning the ball to the back post.
Moments later, Manet took a 4-0 lead before Jotha finished his hat-trick with a 55th cool goal in his seventh of ten appearances for Liverpool.
Atalanta’s best chances for the evening went to Duvan Zapata, who cut off the lower part of the bar with a perfect shot at the curling iron. He tested Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson twice with injections and also did his best full time, which was sidelined.
Sal scored in the 83rd minute. Liverpool almost scored the sixth goal of the game. Again he walked halfway through the field after being released from Corner Atalanta, but this time his corner throw led Sportiello.
The victory places Liverpool at the top of the group after three games with nine points without admitting a single goal. Ajax from Amsterdam came second with four points and beat Atalanta on goal difference after a 2-1 away victory from Midtjilland from Denmark.
On the eve of the international break, Liverpool drew attention to the Premier League game and Shater’s weekend match against Manchester City.
90% of my players have three matches in the international break, my players are still on duty. After City, I only have a week off this weekend. But we have to recover now, and we’re going to need it. Then we can see who’s available, and City is a different team, so we have to make sure we’re ready, added Klopp.