4 Games Klopp Can Use to Get Liverpool’s Season Back on Track After Defeat to Atalanta

4 Games Klopp Can Use to Get Liverpool’s Season Back on Track After Defeat to Atalanta

Elijah Odetokun
April 12, 2024 at 3:02 PM
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  • Liverpool suffered a denting 3-0 defeat to Atalanta in the Europa League
  • It comes after a draw against Manchester United amid their title quest
  • Jurgen Klopp's final season in charge now looks like it will end in disarray

Jurgen Klopp is in his final weeks as Liverpool manager. In January, he announced that he would leave the club at the end of the season after nine years in charge.

The Reds started the season strongly, won the Carabao Cup against Chelsea and looked like they would bid farewell to the manager with four trophies at the end.

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Jurgen Klopp looks on during Liverpool's 3-0 loss to Atalanta. Photo by Crystal Pix.
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The events of the last three weeks have changed the course of their season. A 4-3 loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup meant elimination, and a 2-2 draw against the same opponent dropped them to second on the table.

Yesterday's 3-0 loss to Atalanta at Anfield in the Europa League quarter-final presented an even more difficult end to their season, but they could still get it back on track.

Sports Brief looks at four games the Reds could use to get the season back on track.

4 crucial games for Liverpool

1. Crystal Palace

Every game from now until the end of the season is important, but to immediately bounce back from their last two games, they have to beat Crystal Palace at Anfield. Per Liverpoolfc.com, goalkeeper Alisson Becker and right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold could return to action in the fixture.

2. Atalanta

It looks difficult, but it is not impossible for Liverpool to reach the Europa League semi-final despite a 3-0 defeat in the first leg. They could repeat their 4-0 win over Barcelona in the 2019 UEFA Champions League and keep their European ambitions alive.

3. Everton

This game is crucial because it is a derby, and Everton, who have had multiple points deductions this season, are battling to stay alive. It's even more difficult that it will be played at Goodison Park. Per 11v11, the last time the Reds lost at that ground was in 2010, but a derby is always tricky.

4. Tottenham

Klopp's men lost the first leg of this encounter in one of the most controversial matches this season. It could have been another tie, but the other two title contenders, Arsenal and Manchester City will also play Ange Postecoglou's team. The North Londoners can be party spoilers.

Klopp hints Liverpool is his last job

Sports Brief reported that Liverpool could be Klopp's last job after the German tactician claimed he does not see another managerial job for himself beyond the current season.

Over the course of his successful career, he has managed three clubs— Mainz 05, Borussia Dortmund, and Liverpool—and enjoyed success at Dortmund and England.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.