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Liverpool Europa League hopes die in Bergamo after 1-0 win
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Atalanta defended well and kept their advantage from the first leg

Liverpool’s hopes of securing a European trophy to cap off Jurgen Klopp’s tenure have been dashed after failing to overturn a first-leg deficit against Atalanta.

Following a 3-0 defeat at Anfield last Thursday, the Reds traveled to Italy with the daunting task of overcoming the aggregate scoreline. Despite controlling large portions of the game, they fell short and lost 3-1 on aggregate.

A glimmer of hope emerged early on as Mohamed Salah converted a seventh-minute penalty after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross was handled. However, Liverpool struggled to capitalize on this momentum.

As the first half progressed, Salah squandered a one-on-one opportunity, lofting the ball wide. Despite their efforts, Klopp’s side found it challenging to create significant scoring opportunities in the second half.

This defeat marks the culmination of a challenging 12 days for Liverpool, which saw them draw against Manchester United and suffer a home defeat to Crystal Palace, relinquishing their lead at the top of the Premier League table.

With attention now shifting back to the title race, Liverpool finds themselves in third place, trailing second-placed Arsenal by two points and league leaders Manchester City.

The Premier League now represents their final opportunity to provide Klopp with a memorable send-off after his successful eight and a half years at the helm, with their recent Carabao Cup triumph in February standing as their most recent silverware.