Thursday, November 26, 2020
Jürgen Klopp showed no remorse after his cracking poker bankruptcy. “I would do it again,” said the Liverpool team manager after his B-eleven’s unnecessary 2-0 defeat in the Champions League by Atalanta Bergamo. “We didn’t have a rhythm today. We had five changes and that causes you a few problems, but we usually get through there,” analyzed Klopp. “It’s a deserved defeat, I’ve said that a few times. It doesn’t sound good, but it’s the truth. So, congratulations to Atalanta.” Klopp’s serenity has good reasons: He had no other choice, given the injury and heavily stressed players in his squad.
Josip Ilicic had put the Italian club in the lead (60th), DFB national player Robin Gosens scored the second goal (64th). “Unfortunately, they met a second before we could switch, in a room that we knew they wanted to use,” said Klopp. “We couldn’t defend that at the moment, so they scored the first time and the second time in a similar way.” The Italians lost the first leg 0-5.
In the worst case, Klopp threatens a final in Dortmund. Dortmund? Liverpool’s group final on December 9 at Danish champions FC Midtjylland may have to be postponed due to the corona situation on site. Signal Iduna Park, the home of Klopp between 2008 and 2015, is the first replacement candidate according to media reports. “As it currently looks, the game can take place in Herning,” said a spokesman for the Danish club a few days ago, but: Because of the major challenges, it cannot be ruled out that an alternative location will be “considered”.
“I’m not thinking about Ajax now, sorry”
Klopp and Co. would have to be in a 14-day quarantine after returning from Denmark in accordance with the current British requirements. In the period in question, the calendar for the Reds provides for three league games – postponement excluded. Liverpool lead their group with nine points ahead of Atalanta with goalscorer Robin Gosens and Ajax Amsterdam (both seven). One point against the Dutch on Tuesday (9 p.m. in the ntv.de live ticker) would be enough for a place in the round of 16.
“Ajax will be a challenge – one more to all those we meet in this country,” said Klopp: “But I’m not thinking about Ajax now, sorry. We have to go to Brighton in a few hours.” Because of the Premier League game on Saturday’s unpopular lunch hour (1.30 p.m. / Sky and in the ntv.de live ticker) Klopp had spared one or the other star against Bergamo. This also took revenge because Gosens and Co. performed a “masterpiece in a football temple”, as the “Gazzetta dello Sport” raved about. Coach Gian Piero Gasperini spoke of the “most beautiful victory in Atalanta’s history”.