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Liverpool Bow Out of Europa League After Atalanta Defeat: Match Report and Player Ratings

Salah at Liverpool
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Liverpool’s Europa League journey came to an end as they were eliminated by Atalanta on Thursday night, losing 3-1 on aggregate despite a 1-0 second-leg win at Gewiss Stadium.

Match Recap

Liverpool got off to a promising start with Mohamed Salah converting a penalty early in the game, but despite a strong first half performance, they couldn’t capitalize on their chances. The attack fizzled out in the second half, with Atalanta’s defense holding firm. Manager Jürgen Klopp made timely substitutions, but they failed to ignite Liverpool‘s attack, leading to a fairly comfortable night for the hosts.

Player Ratings

  • Alisson (GK) – 8: Confident presence in goal, occasionally stepping up to build attacks.
  • Robertson (DF) – 7: Tireless off the ball, provided options in attack down the left flank.
  • Van Dijk (DF) – 7: Commanding presence in defense, dominant in challenges.
  • Konaté (DF) – 7: Assured in duels, confident display against Atalanta’s forwards.
  • Alexander-Arnold (DF) – 8: Instrumental performance, involved in many attacking plays before being substituted.
  • Mac Allister (MF) – 6: Pressed well from midfield but could improve passing accuracy.
  • Jones (MF) – 6: Confident with the ball, pressed aggressively from midfield.
  • Szoboszlai (MF) – 6: Created space with promising runs, but passing could be more accurate.
  • Díaz (FW) – 6: Hard-working performance, stretched play down the left flank.
  • Gakpo (FW) – 7: Continued positive form, linked play well and caused trouble for Atalanta’s defense.
  • Salah (FW) – 5: Scored from the penalty spot but missed a crucial chance to double the lead.


  • Núñez (FW) – 5: Gave away possession too often, introduced too late to make an impact.
  • Jota (FW) – 5: Struggled to influence the game, faced aggressive pressing from Atalanta.
  • Elliott (FW) – 6: Worked hard to find space but couldn’t get enough opportunities on the ball.
  • Gomez (DF) – 6: Replaced Alexander-Arnold, providing cover in defense.
  • Danns (DF) – 5: Made Europa League debut, limited involvement in the game.

Liverpool now turn their focus to the Premier League as they continue their pursuit of success in domestic competition.