Liverpool’s 100 percent Champions League start is over after they were beaten by Atalanta on Wednesday night.

Second-half goals from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens earned the Serie A side a 2-0 triumph in their Champions League Group D clash at Anfield.

The Reds had won 5-0 in Italy earlier this month but their much-changed side failed to have a shot on target in the return clash here.

The national media and other publications had plenty to say about the match, and here is a round-up of reaction…

'Klopp could not have complained'

Dominic King of the Daily Mail wrote : Jurgen Klopp was not in the mood to think about the poignancy, as his best laid plans fell asunder, but perhaps it had to be this way.

Under Anfield's floodlights, a little Argentine with broad shoulders and a silky left foot stole the show. Nobody is comparing Alejandro Gomez to Diego Maradona but the symbolism of him starring in a No 10 shirt – the number made famous by the late, lamented genius – could not be missed.

Liverpool, who were aiming to secure progress into the Champions League knockout stages with two games to spare, were second best all night against opponents they had steamrollered in Italy at the start of November and could not contain Gomez.

He created both goals as Atalanta flattened Liverpoo l with two sucker punches, in the 60th and 64th minute. It was the first time Liverpool had lost a Champions League group game at Anfield since October 2014 when Real Madrid thrashed them 3-0.

Had this contest finished with a similar scoreline, Klopp could not have complained. In fairness to Liverpool's manager, he did not argue the paucity of his team's efforts. They failed to register a shot on target in one of these fixtures at home for the first time since OPTA began recording in 2003.

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'Liverpool will have to sweat it out in their final two games'

Chris Bascombe of the Telegraph wrote : Whatever the reasons, wholesale changes contributed to Liverpool surrendering hopes of serene progress, second half goals from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens re-energising the group. From starting the evening knowing a win guaranteed their qualification, Liverpool will have to sweat it out in their final two games, next week’s meeting with Ajax of particular significance.

Liverpool remain top and should still be OK, but this felt like a needless loss due to a shocking performance. Klopp has made a point of emphasising how he must keep thinking a game or two ahead. That policy has not backfired too often. It did here. His side did not have a shot on target.

This was as tame as Liverpool have played in Europe under him, unable to find any rhythm as the disruption of so many alterations - rarely affecting them domestically - took a heavy toll. The Italians could have won by more, their celebrations highlighting a famous, well-earned victory.

'Liverpool’s selection was clearly made with Brighton in mind'

Andy Hunter of the Guardian wrote : Klopp prioritised some fresher legs at Brighton in Saturday’s early kick-off over the strongest possible chance of qualifying for the knockout phase with two games to spare, two games that would give him plenty more opportunity to rest weary and fragile limbs. He lost.

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Liverpool did not have a shot on target all night and, in truth, never looked like scoring as Atalanta, humiliated 5-0 on home soil when the teams met three weeks ago, celebrated coach Gian Piero Gasperini’s 200th game in charge with a deserved win that rejuvenated their prospects of progressing.

Their Argentinian captain, Alejandro Gómez, was at the heart of both goals as the Italians ended Liverpool’s Anfield winning streak this season and became the first team since Real Madrid in October 2014 to win here in the group stages. “This will be written in the pages of our history,” said Gasperini. “This is perhaps the biggest victory in our history and certainly our most prestigious.”

After a moment’s silence for the late, great Diego Maradona, Atalanta made a determined start, clearly intent on making amends for the 5-0 rout and helped in no small part by Klopp’s changes. Mohamed Salah returned after his Covid-19 self-isolation period but Liverpool’s selection was clearly made with Brighton in mind.