Liverpool player ratings for the 2nd leg win over Atalanta

The Reds got the win in Bergamo, but still crashed out of Europe,
Atalanta v Liverpool FC: Quarter-Final Second Leg - UEFA Europa League 2023/24
Atalanta v Liverpool FC: Quarter-Final Second Leg - UEFA Europa League 2023/24 / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

There are not a lot of times where winning away from home in Europe is a bad thing and leaves you walking away wanting, yet here we are.

Despite Liverpool securing a 1-0 win over Atalanta on Thursday in Bergamo, Italy, it is the Italian side that advances to the Europa League Semifinals 3-1 on aggregate following a decisive first leg triumph at Anfield a week ago.

An early goal from Mohamed Salah gave some positive memories and momentum but once again, wastefulness was the talk of the day and the Reds would never come close after the break.

Let's take a look how the Liverpool players rated in their European farewell.

Alisson - 6.5/10 - He made some fine saves and tried to get things moving with his ball distribution. Clean sheet on the night but was never truly asked to raise his game with the hosts protecting.

Trent Alexander-Arnold - 7.5/10 - Was influential from the beginning as it was his cross into the box that was handled for a penalty. Floated centrally and wide and was at the heart of a lot of the Liverpool moves. Subbed.

Ibrahima Konate 5.5/10 - He was so indecisive on the ball throughout this game and too often settled for passing it backwards. Decent enough defending but far from his best in this one.

Virgil van Dijk - 6/10 - A very pedestrian performance from the Captain on a night we needed leadership and inspiration. He was unable to provide much of that from the back. Some loose passes and was stretched when the hosts were on the break.

Andy Robertson - 6.5/10 - It was not his most fruitful evening but his work ethic and desire could not be questioned. Was a willing runner all over the pitch pulling defenders and creating space. Never got a chance to create much on the ball.

Curtis Jones 6/10 - Jones looked lethargic in this one as he was another player that was too indecisive on the ball. Snapped into a few tackles but too often was floating out of the game as it happened.

Alexis Mac Allister - 7/10 - Dropped back into the No. 6 role tonight which limited his abilty to get forward and influence the attack. That was missed. However, for his part broke up play often and looked lively enough.

Dominik Szoboszlai - 6.5/10 - Was better in the first half when chances were being created and put himself in good spaces on more than one occasion butt the ball never got to him. Long range effort saved as well. Faded in the 2nd half. Subbed.

Mohamed Salah - 6.5/10 - He confidently dispatched the penalty for the opener and was a creatvie outlet in the first half. Missed a huge chance one-on-one with the keeper when his chip sailed wide left. Wasteful again. Second half faded. Subbed.

Cody Gakpo - 7.5/10 - Gakpo was arguably Liverpool's best player on the night. He created numerous golden chances for his attacking partners only to see them squandered. His good form continues and he should be considered for a start on Sunday.

Luis Diaz 6/10 - Worked hard and ran his tail off as usual but no end product to his game. Should have done better in the 1st half when Gakpo put him clean through. Subbed.


Diogo Jota 6/10 - Did not have many chances after coming on as Atalanta were nearly parking the bus. Perhaps he was left on the bench too long as 25 minutes was not a lot of time to help matters.

Darwin Nunez 5.5/10 - Same result as Jota. Came on when things felt most bleak and there was little drive forward. Put a late header on goal but was not able to change the pace of the game. Willing as always.

Harvey Elliott 5.5/10 - Was unable to take the game by the scruff of the neck like he has shown in the past. Overwhelmed in the midfield on more than one occasion.

Joe Gomez 5/10 - Did not do much after coming on for Alexander-Arnold. A noticeable drop-off in the creative department from the right-back slot.

Jayden Danns - N/A - Came on very late with the tie all but dusted. Was not able to get any true moments on the ball. A unique experience in Europe for the lad.