Alexis Mac Allister issues rallying cry to Liverpool teammates after Europa League disappointment

  • Liverpool must bounce back on Sunday against Crystal Palace after heavy Atalanta defeat
  • Reds can go top of Premier League table but European hopes are in tatters following 3-0 loss
  • Mac Allister admitted it 'didn't feel good' but urged teammates to bounce back on Sunday
Liverpool have a lot of work to do in the Europa League
Liverpool have a lot of work to do in the Europa League / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Alexis Mac Allister has urged his Liverpool teammates to respond from Thursday night's 3-0 defeat to Atalanta when they host Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Reds suffered a surprise thrashing at the hands of the Serie A outfit to leave their Europa League hopes dangling in the balance ahead of next week's return leg.

Their attention this Sunday, however, turns to the visit of Palace, a team Mac Allister knows plenty about after his time on the south coast with Brighton.

Revealing the mood after Thursday night's disappointment, the World Cup winner told Liverpool's website: "There was not much to say - I think we all feel the same.

"It didn't feel good during the game and it didn't feel good afterwards. It's as simple as that. We couldn't do what we wanted, what we know. It's credit to them [Atalanta] as well, they did a very good game.

"But now we have to react, we have an important game on Sunday against Crystal Palace. We will go there and try to win the game."

Alexis Mac Allister, Harvey Elliott
Mac Allister has been in sensational form / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Asked about the need for a big response, Mac Allister added: "Yes, of course. That's what we want. What I don't want is us to overreact or overthink about this game, it's something that happened just once and we have to keep going.

"We are the same players, the same team, the same club, with the same fans."

Liverpool trailed Palace in the reverse fixture at Selhurst Park in December, but Mohamed Salah equalised a minute after Jordan Ayew was sent off for a second yellow card before Harvey Elliott struck the winner in second-half stoppage time.

Mac Allister added: "We all know how good they are. I played for Brighton, and Crystal Palace against Brighton is definitely a big game. So I know how tough they are.

"They have a new and good manager and they are doing well, so it's going to definitely be a challenge for us. But I think if we are in a good day, we can win the game."