Trent Alexander-Arnold insists Liverpool are wary of ‘amazing’ Atalanta attack ahead of Champions League showdown as they bid to end poor European away form against Italian teams
- Liverpool lock horns with Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday night
- The Italian side came third in Serie A last season, scoring an incredible 98 goals
- Trent Alexander-Arnold said they would have to stifle their ‘amazing’ attack
- Jurgen Klopp’s side have a poor away record against Italian opposition of late
Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold warned his team-mates to be wary of Atalanta’s ‘amazing’ ahead of their daunting Italian job in the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp’s outfit face the Serie A side on Tuesday night at the Stadio di Bergamo, and the Premier League champions will be up against stern opposition who blitzed a stunning 98 goals en route to finishing third last season.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s talented side have already made a solid start to the current campaign as they sit fourth with 17 goals, only making the task much harder for the Reds, who will be desperate to end their poor run of away form against Italian teams.
Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold says the team must be wary of Atalanta’s attack
The team blitzed 98 goals in Serie A last season and reach the Champions League quarters
They have lost to Napoli twice in the last two seasons – a 1-0 defeat in 2018 and a 2-0 loss in last season’s group stage. And while they emerged victorious on aggregate against Roma in the 2018 semi-final, they were beaten 4-2 on the night.
Speaking before his side’s clash against Atalanta, Trent-Arnold says the team must take a close look at their entire team and find a way of shutting down their dangerous attacking players.
‘They are an amazing team,’ he told a press conference. ‘We saw that last year. It’s hard to pick one or two players out, but they are an amazing attacking force. We have to analyse their full team.
‘It is a real team, is the best compliment I can pay to them. They have the right mentality, right way of going about things. The fact they were best attacking side in Serie A last season we need to look at.’
The Reds have a poor away record against Italian sides and were beaten by Napoli last year
Atalanta’s forwards, including Duvan Zapata (L) have 15 goals between them this season
Duvan Zapata already has five goals for Atalanta this season, drawing level with Alejandro Gomez and Luis Muriel.
When asked why Liverpool have struggled against Italian opponents, the 22-year-old admitted Serie A sides are ‘hard to break down’, but doesn’t believe the Reds have a curse when it comes to playing teams from the country.
‘Italian teams are really good defensively and well organised and hard to break down. For us it’s about finding a way to do that. I don’t think it’s against Italian teams we specifically struggle – and it’s first time we are facing Atalanta.’
Liverpool have made a good start to their European campaign in Group D this season, winning two out of two so far – with a second-string side beating FC Midtjylland 2-0 at Anfield last week.
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