Liverpool are “no longer as hungry” this season under Jurgen Klopp, according to Paolo Di Canio. The Reds have enjoyed big success under Klopp in the past two seasons, winning both the Champions League and Premier League.
There’s been a level of progression under Klopp ever since he took charge at Anfield in 2015.
He lost his first three finals in charge at Liverpool, including the tough defeat to Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final.
That was rectified a year later though as they came back ever stronger to beat Tottenham, and came agonisingly close to their first top-flight title since 1990.
Manchester City pipped them to the title that year, but Liverpool once again bounced back in style to go one better in 2020.
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Now once again established as one of the best teams in Europe, Liverpool are seen as the team to beat in the Champions League.
But it’s not been all plain sailing this campaign, having suffered a humiliating 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa last month.
The win at the weekend over West Ham though has put them top of the table after seven games and they’re also two points clear in their Champions League group.
That could be extended even further tonight when they take on Atalanta, who are seen as Liverpool’s closest competitors to top the group.
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But Di Canio, who enjoyed a stellar career in both England and Italy, believes Klopp’s side are there for the taking.
“Liverpool are no longer as hungry as before, of course,” he told L’Eco Di Bergamo.
“They’ve just won the league after thirty years of abstinence, which is huge for a stadium like Anfield.
“They lived through the successes of the two Manchester teams.”
Liverpool are yet to concede a goal in the Champions League this season despite their injury crisis at the back.
That record will be put to the test this evening though against Atalanta.
The Serie A side have proven to be one of Europe’s more attack-minded teams over the years and have already scored 23 goals in eight matches across all competitions.
Luis Muriel, Duvan Zapata and Alejandro Gomez all have five goals apiece so far this season.
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