Liverpool player ratings as Atalanta destroyed in Champions League thrashing

Diogo Jota took his tally to six goals in 10 days with a Champions League hat-trick as Liverpool hammered Atalanta 5-0 in Bergamo.

Liverpool have maximum points from their opening three group games, and are already within touching distance of the knockout stages.

Jota, the summer signing from Wolves, was handed a start ahead of Roberto Firmino by Jurgen Kloop and made the most of his opportunity.

Having shot too close to Marco Sportiello in only the second minute, the Portugal international did not make the same mistake twice in the 16th minute, dinking a shot past the goalkeeper after blindsiding Jose Luis Palomino chasing Alexander-Arnold’s through ball.

He added a brilliant second before the break, and Mo Salah scored immediately after the restart to make it 3-0.

Salah then turned provider for Mane to chip over Sportiello, before Jota rounded off his treble before the hour mark.

Liverpool Player Ratings

Alisson 7

Quiet early, but a couple of juggling saves to calm nerves important.

Trent Alexander-Arnold 7

Fine ball to give Jota his brilliant opening goal, and strong down right.

Rhys Williams 8

Such composure at the back from the young man, big plus for Reds.

Joe Gomez 8

Showed real character to lead by example alongside his youthful partner

Andy Robertson 7

Sublime once more down the left, and brilliant assist for Salah.

Curtis Jones 7

Looks at home on this stage, controlled things in midfield.

Jordan Henderson 8

Such important leader for this team, powerful and aware in middle.

Gini Wijnaldum 7

Brilliant outlet on the left, and strong running caused real problems.

Sadio Mane 8

His pace was a key to pressing Italians back, which was real platform.

Mohamed Salah 8

Used in central role and impressed with his movement in creating space.

Diogo Jota 9 MOTM

Brilliant display from a new Liverpool star who showed he’s born for this.

Subs: Keita 6 (Robertson 65), Firmino 6 (Jota 65), Milner 6 (Henderson 66), Tsimikas (Wijnaldum 82), N Williams (Alexander-Arnold 82)

Atalanta: Sportiello 5; Toloi 4, Palomino 4, Djimsiti 4, Hateboer 5 (Depaoli 81); Pasalic 5 (Malinavskiy 63,5), Freuler 5, Mojica 5 (Ruggeri 81); Gomez 5 (Lammers 81); Muriel 6 (Pessina 53), Zapata 6

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