Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini says it is an honour to play against Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool ahead of their UEFA Champions League clash on Tuesday.
Atalanta will host the Reds on Matchday 3 of the Champions League at the Bergamo with both teams looking to top the table when they meet.
The Serie A side was a surprise side in last season Champions League reaching the last eight before they were sent packing.
This season they began on impressive note winning one game and drew their first game.
Giasperini while speaking ahead of the game said the game will be fundamental as they face one of the strongest sides in Europe.
“It is an honour for us to face them,” said Gasperini ahead of back-to-back European meetings with the Reds.
“These next matches will be fundamental; we face the strongest team in the group. It will be important for us to get points to gain an advantage over Ajax, at least in theory. Every game is important.”
Atalanta, meanwhile, will be without Marten de Roon and Robin Gosens due to injury and named a 22-man squad on the eve of Liverpool’s visit.
“We will make the last assessments [on Tuesday]. [Hans] Hateboer, [Jose Luis] Palomino and [Cristian] Romero have a chance to recover,” said Coach Gian Piero Gasperini.
The Serie A side collected four points from their opening two fixtures in the group, beating FC Midtjylland 4-0 away from home before coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 with AFC Ajax last week.