Liverpool deserved the Atalanta loss according to Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Atalanta on Wednesday at Anfield.
They will now have to beat Ajax to go through the next rounds of the Champions League.
“Rhythm, we didn’t have rhythm,” Klopp told reporters.
“We made five changes and that obviously gives you a few problems with rhythm, but we usually get through a game.
“Atalanta was good — Atalanta fought, Atalanta defended well. That’s why we didn’t have a shot on target. My defense was completely fine apart from two situations. That’s how it is. Atalanta did well in those moments and we have to admit [that].
“It is a deserved defeat. I have said that a couple of times. It doesn’t sound nice, but it’s the truth. So congratulations to Atalanta.”