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Odds drift to 33/1 on Liverpool treble after Atalanta humiliation


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The odds on Liverpool to win the treble in Jurgen Klopp’s final year have massively lengthened following Thursday night’s Europa League defeat to Atalanta.

The Reds have already won the Carabao Cup and are well in the Premier League title race, but a 3-0 defeat in the first leg of the quarter-final at Anfield means they are now a massive 33/1 to complete a famous treble as Klopp waves goodbye to Merseyside.

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After losing to Atalanta on Thursday, Liverpool have suffered their first defeat at Anfield since losing 5-2 to Real Madrid in the Champions League in February 2023, ending a 33-game unbeaten run on home soil.

It was not the loss itself that caused concern, though, but rather the manner in which it happened. The Reds have dominated the majority of the teams they have played in 2023/24 and even with an injury-hit squad, have looked impressive.

On Thursday, however, the Mereysiders completely capitulated. Former West Ham striker Gianluca Scamacca scored twice and Mario Pasalic added the away side’s third, while Liverpool struggled to cope with the man-marking approach of Atalanta leaving them with a huge mountain to climb in the second leg next week.

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Speaking about his side’s showing on Thursday, Jurgen Klopp gave a rather brutal assessment: “We can make this the shortest press conference, it was a really bad game, oh my God. We started really well and then didn’t continue. Before they scored even, we just lost the plot a little bit.

“We were everywhere and nowhere. Midfield was spread like that, right midfield and left midfield, I didn’t recognise it a bit, it was really quite strange. In football terms, that’s tactical discipline. But we had a big chance from Darwin and unlucky from Harvey and then they scored a goal and then we kept playing into their hands, to be honest.

“A really good example of how it could have looked is the (disallowed) goal we scored. Striker wide, full-back on the left in a massive space, has all the time in the world to cross the ball and Mo scores. We should have had these situations more often. We didn’t use the man-marking besides that.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.