By Our Reporter
Diogo Jota scored his first Liverpool hat-trick as the Reds made it three wins from three in Champions League Group D with a ruthless 5-0 thrashing of Atalanta.
Jota replaced Roberto Firmino in the starting line-up and vindicated his selection with two superb first-half strikes, clipping a shot over the goalkeeper before chesting the ball down and rifling a shot in at the near post.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane added to the goal-fest with brilliant efforts early in the second half, before Jota completed his hat-trick with the visitors’ fifth with just 54 minutes on the clock.
The defeat secured Jurgen Klopp’s first victory as a manager on Italian soil and Liverpool’s biggest away win in the Champions League since 2018 as they consolidated top spot and took a giant stride towards the knockout phase ahead of Atalanta’s visit to Anfield in three weeks’ time.
Atalanta: Sportiello (4), Toloi (4), Palomino (5), Djimsiti (5), Hateboer (4), Freuler (4), Palasic (4), Mojica (4), Gomez (4), Muriel (3), Zapata (6).
Subs: Malinovskyi (5), Pessina (6), Ruggeri (n/a), Depaoli (n/a), Lammers (n/a).
Liverpool: Alisson (8), Alexander-Arnold (7), Gomez (7), R. Williams (8), Robertson (6), Henderson (6), Wijnaldum (6), Jones (8), Salah (8), Jota (9), Mane (8).
Subs: Milner (6), Keita (6), Firmino (6), Tsimikas (n/a), N. Williams (n/a).
Man of the Match: Diogo Jota.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists Diogo Jota’s sensational form has not given him a headache when it comes to breaking up his established front three
It took just two minutes for Jota to register an attempt on goal as he looked to pick up from where he left off after his late winner against West Ham, but Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello was a match to his low drive.