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All the records set as Liverpool thrash Atalanta

Liverpool, Diogo Jota and Mo Salah make history in Atalanta's 5-0 thrashing

November 3, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
It was a night of milestones for the Reds and their superstars in Bergamo.

Liverpool wrote a new chapter in their history books by putting in a solid display to thrash Atalanta in their own backyard in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League group stage encounter. The dominant Reds consolidated their status as table-toppers in Group D by defeat their Italian opponents by five goals to nil.

In what was a night of milestones, Diogo Jota added to his fairytale start at the club by getting on the scoresheet to land another remarkable record. The 23-year-old forward struck twice to hand the Reds the lead in the first 45 minutes before securing a hat-trick in the second half.

After excelling in the weekend's win over West Ham United, Jota was given the nod to partner Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in the attack ahead of the out-of-form Roberto Firmino. It did not take long for the Portuguese attacker to reward Jurgen Klopp's faith in him, making use of an assist from Trent-Alexander Arnold to score the game's opener in the 16th minute.

The former Wolves man added to his haul by grabbing his second of the night after he was picked out by Joe Gomez who dispatched a brilliant long pass from Liverpool's half. With Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scoring in the first four minutes of the second half, Jota utilised a fast break to score another in the 54th-minute.

In effect, the Portuguese striker became the second-ever player in Liverpool's history to score in his first two starts in the UEFA Champions League. The first to do so was Robbie Keane in 2008. In addition, the former Wolves striker has now scored three hat-trick across the Champions League and Europa League since the start of last season - the only player to have done so more than once.

Meanwhile, with the 5-0 victory over Atalanta in Bergamo, Liverpool have set a new record for the biggest ever by an English club away to Italian opposition in European competition.


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