Atalanta defender Robin Gosens hopes to repeat his feat of three years ago with another goal on Merseyside when he lines up against Liverpool in the Champions League.

In late November 2017 the left-back scored as the Serie A club beat Everton 5-1 in the Europa League at Goodison Park.

Gosens has returned to the city looking to do the same across Stanley Park.

"It will be closing the circle if I score another left-footer tomorrow," he said.

"I'd love to score tomorrow, just like three years ago against Everton. Why not?

"No doubt playing against Liverpool we are playing in one of the best possible games you can play in as a player, here at Anfield in the Champions League.

"We accept we are playing one of the strongest teams but that gives us some motivation."

Gosens' attacking role from defence for Atalanta has been likened to that of Trent Alexander-Arnold's at Liverpool, albeit from the right side.

However, injury to the England international means there will be no head-to-head down the same flank.

"It is a shame he is not playing tomorrow because as a player I always want to test myself against the very best in the world," added Gosens.

"It is a real shame Alexander-Arnold will not be playing tomorrow. There is no doubt he is one of the strongest wide players in the world."

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini believes his side have learned lessons from the 5-0 hammering they took from Jurgen Klopp's side in Bergamo three weeks ago.

However, he knows they will have to cut out the mistakes if they are to stand a chance.

"Compared to that evening we need to be better, commit fewer errors - particularly those ones which led to the first couple of goals as those goals led to a big defeat," he said.

"We are all well aware how good a team Liverpool are but we have to have belief in ourselves - we won't be gifting them quite so many opportunities as we gifted to them in the first game.

"Tomorrow that is what we need to get right more than anything else." 

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