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Champions League 2020-21 Preview: Liverpool vs Atalanta BC

Following their emphatic 3-0 over the visitors Leicester City Fc in Last Sunday’s Premier League Home match, Liverpool Fc will now set their sights on their Champions League 2020-21 Group D Campaign as they are due to play against the visitors Atalanta BC.

Date: 25 November 2020 (Wednesday) ; Time: 8:00 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.

Regardless of the outcome between AFC Ajax and FC Midtjylland in the other Group D Match; Table-toppers Liverpool Fc (The Reds) will know that a win over the Visitors Atalanta BC will further cement their place in the Champions League Round of 16 Stage.

The Reds will have fond memories against their next Group D Opponent as (more than a fortnight ago) they thumped the hosts Atalanta BC in a One-sided Match.

Jürgen Klopp though in all likelihood will make several changes to the side that played in the Leicester City Fc and the Reds will be further boosted by the return of some key players.

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: After sustaining a hamstring injury during the Second Half of the Leicester City Fc home game, Naby Keïta is now among the lengthy list of injured Reds Players and this also includes Xheridan Shaqiri as the Swiss International was ruled out prior to this match due to a muscle injury sustained while on international duty with Switzerland.

Both Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk continue to be sidelined for an indeterminate period after undergoing successful surgeries on their injured knees.

Like Van Dijk and Gomez; no timescale has been set for both Keïta and Shaqiri.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is currently recovering from his hamstring injury and is due to return around the latter part of December 2020.

For everyone connected with the Club, not everything looks all grim as Mohamed Salah is due to be medically assessed over the next few days (after being diagnosed twice with COVID-19) and currently awaiting the Reds Medical Team to give him the all clear.

Captain Jordan Henderson is due to return back in action after being withdrawn during the Second Half of England’s match against the hosts Belgium as he felt a bit of tightness.

Rhys Williams is also due to return back to the squad after being withdrawn as a precaution from the England U21 Squad after complaining of a hip related issue.

Thiago Alcântara is edging closer to full fitness after sustaining a knee injury during the Everton Match. The Spaniard’s return will be a huge boost for the severely depleted Reds side.

In addition and despite no time frame as been set for the Englishman’s return; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is currently on his rehabilitation after he picked up an injury in the training during the Preseason in Austria.

 

Verdict: Klopp has done an admirable job in guiding an depleted side to navigate through the congested fixtures.

The German Coach can breathe easy as some of the key players are due to return either for the upcoming match or for next Saturday Premier League away match against Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.

In spite of winning 0-5 against the hosts Atalanta BC, the Reds will be surely mindful of an imminent backlash from the Visitors.

 

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