Liverpool 2-0 Rangers: New-look Reds seal vital Anfield win

    On their first-ever competitive meeting with Rangers, a new-look Liverpool side earned a 2-0 victory that keeps them on course for progress in the Champions League.

    Liverpool 2-0 Rangers

    Champions League Group Stage (3), Anfield
    October 4, 2022

    Goals

    Alexander-Arnold 7′ (assist – Nunez)
    Salah pen 53′ (assist – Diaz)


    After admitting change was required before the game, Jurgen Klopp satisfied calls for a shift in system as he fielded all four of Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Mo Salah and Darwin Nunez at Anfield.

    It led to a free-flowing attacking game from Liverpool, with Nunez drawing an early save from 40-year-old goalkeeper Allan McGregor, with his movement impressive up front.

    Another player with doubters to address gave the Reds a spectacular opener, with Trent Alexander-Arnold stepping over a free-kick and firing it into the top corner in the seventh minute.

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 3, 2022: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold scores the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 3 game between Liverpool FC and Glasgow Rangers FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Liverpool should arguably have ended the first half with at least one more, only for an inspired performance from McGregor to deny Nunez and Diaz on multiple occasions.

    His best save came on the cusp of half-time, diving low and blocking a goalbound effort from Nunez with his legs to keep the score at 1-0.

    HT: Liverpool 1-0 Rangers

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 3, 2022: Liverpool's Luis Díaz is brought down for a penalty during the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 3 game between Liverpool FC and Glasgow Rangers FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    If Giovanni van Bronckhorst was clinging to a marginal scoreline at the break, the Rangers manager will have been left deflated as Liverpool came out of the blocks fast again.

    Less than 10 minutes into the second half, a twisting run from Diaz into the penalty area saw the Colombian brought down by Leon King, allowing Salah to step up and convert from the spot.

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 3, 2022: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores the second goal from a penalty kick during the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 3 game between Liverpool FC and Glasgow Rangers FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    With Liverpool in control, Klopp made a double change as Fabinho and Roberto Firmino came on for Jota and Jordan Henderson, with it telling that the manager stuck with his new 4-2-3-1.

    So, too, when Harvey Elliott replaced the sadly goalless Nunez – who produced a decent display on his first Anfield start – with the teenager heading to the right wing and Salah shifting up front.

    Though they are unlikely to enjoy as comfortable an evening on Sunday when they visit Arsenal in the Premier League, this 2-0 victory over Rangers could serve as the ideal preparation as Liverpool settle into second place in Group A.


    TIA Man of the Match: Luis Diaz

    Referee: Clement Turpin

    Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold (Gomez 90+3′), Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson (Fabinho 69′), Thiago (Milner 80′); Salah, Jota (Firmino 69′), Diaz; Nunez (Elliott 80′)

    Subs not used: Adrian, Kelleher, Konate, Phillips, Ramsay, Bajcetic, Carvalho

    Rangers: McGregor; King, Goldson, Davies (Kamara 81′); Tavernier, Lundstrum, Tillman (Sakala 65′), Davis (Jack 66′), Barisic; Kent (Matondo 81′), Morelos

    Subs not used: McCrorie, McLaughlin, Yilmaz, Colak, Wright, Arfield, Devine

    Next match: Arsenal (A) – Premier League – Sunday, October 9, 4.30pm (BST)

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