Jurgen Klopp once called his side "mentality monsters" and their boss clearly has the same monstrous desire for victory.
As BT Sport pointed out, Klopp received a booking on the touchline for pleading with the officials that Liverpool deserved a penalty... even though his side were 5-0 up and cruising at the time. The man is non-stop.
Jurgen Klopp picked up a yellow card for arguing over a penalty that wasn't given this evening vs. Atalanta.- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 3, 2020
Liverpool were already 5-0 up.
Still not satisfied :joy: pic.twitter.com/qJFtWHGQrv
Diogo Jota scored his first Liverpool hat-trick so presumably was happy with his night's work. But despite Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane also getting on the scoresheet, their late actions showed that LFC's star forwards are - like Klopp - just never satisfied.
With seven minutes left, and the game over as a contest at 5-0, Salah sprinted through on goal but saw his shot saved by Marco Sportiello. His reaction was to swing a frustrated boot at the advertising boards behind the goal.
A minute later, Mane directed a header straight at the Atalanta keeper, before punching the turf in annoyance then getting to his feet.
It's clear both players were desperate to add to their goal totals despite Liverpool's dominance as they made it a perfect three wins from three Champions League group games this season.
Even Klopp didn't sound perfectly happy post-match, despite just thrashing a side who finished third in Serie A last season, and away from home no less.
"We defended Atalanta on an incredibly high level and played ourselves top football and scored the goals," said Klopp, according to the Liverpool website. "That's how it looks.
"We scored five goals, could have scored maybe two or three more, I don't know."
Jota has his hat-trick! :clap::clap::clap:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 3, 2020
Liverpool are on fire in Italy! pic.twitter.com/xMcYre5Ch7
So there, Klopp is sort of very happy with his side. But basically thinks they should 7-0 or 8-0 - and judging by the reactions of Salah and Mane, his players feel much the same.
It's great signs for any Reds fans worried that the team might be slackening in their ambition after finally ending a 30-year title wait last season.
The team have had their setbacks this season, losing defensive colossus Virgil van Dijk to a long-term knee injury and suffering that bizarre 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa. But this performance against Atalanta shows Liverpool's elite mentality still runs through Klopp's squad.
Liverpool top Group D by a clear five points, having beaten Ajax, Midtjylland and Atalanta without conceding a goal. But Klopp was probably still wondering why their +8 goal difference wasn't +16 when he went to sleep last night. That's if monsters even bother sleeping.
All imagery: PA Images/BT Sport
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