LIV vs ATN Dream11: The fourth round of the Champions League is here and Liverpool welcome Atalanta at Anfield. The Reds have won 3 out of 3 games in the Champions League as they sit on top of the table, with a 5-point gap. Liverpool is also unbeaten since their 7-2 loss to Aston Villa which makes it a stretch of 8 games, winning 6 of them. They are also second in the Premier League, level on points with leaders, Tottenham Hotspur. Atalanta’s dream start to the 2020/21 season quickly turned sour and they have only won one of their last 6 fixtures. They have also incurred humiliating losses like the 4-1 to Napoli, 3-1 to Sampdoria and 5-0 to Liverpool. They are currently third in their Champions League group with just a win in three games. They will look to overturn their form as they travel to England but it will be a tough ask.
Liverpool vs Atalanta, Champions League
26 November, 1:30 am (IST)
Liverpool – WWWDW
Atalanta – DWLDD
Head-to-head (last five meetings): Liverpool and Atalanta have met just once before which was in the reverse fixture that Liverpool won.
Last meeting: Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool (Champions League, 3rd November 2020)
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A) Liverpool Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Liverpool has an injury crisis with defenders, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are all out injured. In midfield, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri will also miss out on the action.
Doubtful: Jordan Henderson and new signing, Thiago Alcantara are doubts and it remains to be seen if they pass their late fitness test.
Expected changes: Mohamed Salah tested negative for Covid-19 and should walk back into the side. Diogo Jota has been excellent for the Reds and should keep his place up front. James Milner, Fabinho, Joel Matip and Andrew Robertson should form their makeshift defence. Youngster, Curtis Jones, may get the nod in midfield should Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara not be fit to make the squad.
Liverpool Starting XI (probable):
Allison Becker (GK)
B) Atalanta Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Atalanta will be without Fabio Depaoli, Mattia Caldara and Ruslan Malinovsky all suffering injuries.
Doubtful: Gian Piero Gasperini has no doubtful players for the LIV vs ATN Dream11 Prediction.
Expected changes: Gasperini is likely to make a few changes to the side that drew to Spezia over the weekend. Berat Djimsiti will return to the lineup with Cristian Romero making way for him. The midfield on Saturday lacked creativity and Mario Pasalic, Remo Freuler and Johan Mojika may come in to replace Matteo Pessina, Marten de Roon and Robin Gosens. Josip Ilicic is struggling to make the same impact he did last season and will likely make the bench with Luis Muriel touted to start.
Atalanta Starting XI (probable):
Pierluigi Gollini (GK)
Jose Luis Palomino
LIV vs ATN Today Match Prediction: Liverpool’s form in comparison to Atalanta’s, clearly makes them the favourites to win this one and the bookies have acknowledged this. Bet365 and Paddy Power have placed an Atalanta win at 4.50 and Liverpool win at 1.70 and 1.62 respectively. The Reds have an impeccable home record and Atalanta will have to do very well to end that. With 9 goals in their last 3 games, the home team will really fancy their chances for the LIV vs ATN Today Match Prediction but Gasperini’s men will be able to make a clear statement of intent with a strong performance at Anfield.
Captain Options –
Mohamed Salah – Salah has been in fine form this season with 10 goals and an assist in all competitions this season in just 10 starts. He also grabbed a goal and an assist against Atalanta in the reverse fixture. Creatively, he has provided 24 key passes and created 25 chances so far and has successfully completed 15 dribbles.
Diogo Jota – New signing, Diogo Jota, cannot stop scoring at the moment and has 8 goals for the Reds already. He also has 4 goals in 2 starts in the Champions League this season, including a hattrick against Atalanta in the reverse fixture. He has also created 12 goal-scoring chances so far and will look to carry on his excellent form.
Sadio Mane – With 5 goals and 2 assists this season, Sadio Mane has been a key part of the Liverpool attack over the last few years. He has provided 16 key passes this season and created 18 chances so far. He has also completed 26 dribbles and will look to continually torment the Atalanta defence with his blistering pace.
Luis Muriel – Muriel has been keeping up his form from last season with 6 goals and 2 assists in just 5 starts this season. After sitting out the Spezia game, he is likely to start against Liverpool. He also has 2 goals and an assist in the last 3 games for Atalanta. He also averages a goal contribution every 44 minutes this season.
Duvan Zapata – Playing alongside Muriel is his Colombia teammate, Duvan Zapata, who has 5 goals and 4 assists this season with 3 goals and 2 assists in just 3 starts in the Champions League this season. He has also provided 12 key passes and created 16 chances with a pass accuracy of 84% and has completed 12 successful dribbles.
Alejandro Gomez – Playing behind the Colombian duo, Alejandro Gomez, has 5 goals and 3 assists in just 10 starts this season. He has been an excellent creative spark with 21 key passes and 24 created chances with a passing accuracy of 85% as well and 17 successful dribbles.
Differential Picks –
Andrew Robertson – Probably the only fit first-team defender, Andrew Robertson has been an excellent signing for Liverpool. Despite playing in defence, Robertson has a goal and 3 assists in the Premier League along with 21 key passes and 24 created chances across all competitions. He has also whipped in 17 successful crosses so far.
Hans Hateboer – Playing at right-wing-back, the Dutchman has scored 2 goals so far. He has created 10 goal-scoring chances with a pass accuracy of 85%. He will look to create chances from the flanks for Muriel and Zapata with his 67% cross accuracy rate.