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Klopp’s Farewell Tour in Danger of Derailing in Bergamo

Atalanta vs Liverpool - 18/04/2024

Klopp’s Farewell Tour in Danger of Derailing in Bergamo
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Following a 3-0 defeat at Anfield last week, Liverpool have a mountain to climb if they are to overcome Atalanta and reach the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday.

Despite racking up 71% possession and 19 shots in the first leg, Jurgen Klopp’s side failed to make the most of their dominance, with the visitors taking full advantage.

Will we see a repeat of the first leg on Thursday? Or can Liverpool produce another memorable European comeback? Forebet’s predictive analytics model has the answer.

A brace from former West Ham United striker Gianluca Scamacca set Atalanta on their way at Anfield, before Mario Pasalic completed the scoring late on.

On Monday, Scamacca scored again as La Dea raced into a 2-0 lead inside 18 minutes against Hellas Verona, but they ended up drawing 2-2 after conceding twice in the second half.

It’s fair to say that Atalanta have struggled for consistency in recent weeks, recording three wins, three draws and two defeats in their last eight matches across all competitions.

However, La Dea remain unbeaten in the Europa League this season, having secured six wins and three draws, with two clean sheets coming in their four home games.

As for Liverpool, their week went from bad to worse as they suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat against Crystal Palace on Sunday, despite notching 70% possession and 21 shots.

The Reds have now failed to win any of their last three matches across all competitions, with a 2-2 draw against Manchester United preceding the successive losses.

It is also worth noting that Klopp’s men have lost two of their previous three away games in the Europa League, suffering a 3-2 defeat at Toulouse and a 2-1 defeat at Union SG.

That said, Liverpool have scored 11 goals in four Europa League away outings this season (2.8 goals per game), so they will be hopeful of turning things around on Thursday.

Head-to-head: Atalanta and Liverpool have faced each other three times over the years, with La Dea securing two clean-sheet victories in that time.

Still, Klopp’s side can take confidence from the fact that they claimed a 5-0 win over Atalanta in Bergamo back in 2020, showing what they are capable of.

Team news: There are question marks over the fitness of Atalanta duo Jose Luis Palomino and Giorgio Scalvini, who have both missed recent matches through injury.

Liverpool, on the other hand, will be without Joel Matip (knee) and Thiago Alcantara (muscle) for the trip to Italy, while Ben Doak (knee) is a doubt.

Given that the three previous meetings have produced a total of 10 goals (3.3 goals per game), Thursday’s showdown will likely be another eventful encounter.

Forebet predicts that Atalanta and Liverpool will produce a high-scoring draw in Bergamo, with the hosts advancing thanks to their impressive first-leg performance.

Home team
Away team
Probability %
1X2
Pred
Correct score
Avg. goals
Weather conditions
Coef.
Score
Live
coef.
UEL
323830
X
2 - 2
2.98
10°
4.50
4.33 4.50 1.67 no no no
FT
0 - 1(0 - 1)
-
- - -
Europa League Group A
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L +/-
1
West Ham 15 6 5 0 1 6
2
Freiburg 12 6 4 0 2 10
3
Olympiacos FC 7 6 2 1 3 -3
4
Backa Topola 1 6 0 1 5 -13
Europa League Group B
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L +/-
1
Brighton 13 6 4 1 1 5
2
Olympique Marseille 11 6 3 2 1 4
3
Ajax 5 6 1 2 3 -3
4
AEK Athens 4 6 1 1 4 -6
Europa League Group C
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L +/-
1
Rangers 11 6 3 2 1 2
2
Sparta Praha 10 6 3 1 2 2
3
Real Betis 9 6 3 0 3 2
4
Aris Limassol 4 6 1 1 4 -6
Europa League Group D
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L +/-
1
Atalanta 14 6 4 2 0 8
2
Sporting CP 11 6 3 2 1 4
3
Sturm Graz 4 6 1 1 4 -5
4
Rakow Czestochowa 4 6 1 1 4 -7
Europa League Group E
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L +/-
1
Liverpool 12 6 4 0 2 10
2
Toulouse 11 6 3 2 1 -1
3
Union Saint-Gilloise 8 6 2 2 2 -3
4
LASK Linz 3 6 1 0 5 -6
Europa League Group F
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L +/-
1
Villarreal 13 6 4 1 1 2
2
Rennes 12 6 4 0 2 7
3
Maccabi Haifa 5 6 1 2 3 -6
4
Panathinaikos 4 6 1 1 4 -3
Europa League Group G
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L +/-
1
Slavia Praha 15 6 5 0 1 13
2
Roma 13 6 4 1 1 8
3
Servette FC 5 6 1 2 3 -9
4
Sheriff Tiraspol 1 6 0 1 5 -12
Europa League Group H
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L +/-
1
Bayer Leverkusen 18 6 6 0 0 16
2
Qarabag FK 10 6 3 1 2 -2
3
Molde FK 7 6 2 1 3 0
4
BK Häcken 0 6 0 0 6 -14

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