Rangers clash presents Liverpool with perfect opportunity to halt rotten run
Liverpool have started the current season in indifferent form across all competitions.
In the Uefa Champions League, from their opening two matches, the Merseyside club has won one and been comprehensively thumped by Italian side Napoli in the other.
Meanwhile, in their domestic league the Reds have not fared much better. After seven Premier League matches played, the 19-time English champions find themselves floating in somewhat rough waters. Liverpool is ninth, 11 points behind early pacesetter Arsenal.
In their most recent encounter, Jürgen Klopp’s charges had to fight back from two goals down as they eventually played to a three-all stalemate versus Brighton & Hove Albion.
“We didn’t play Wolves, played Ajax, didn’t play Chelsea. That means we couldn’t pick anything up and keep it from the Ajax game really,” said Klopp on his team’s disrupted rhythm so far — which was further curtailed as they had games postponed owing to Queen Elizabeth’s death.
“On top of that, you face Brighton, in a very good moment. A very good team, with a new manager and you concede these two early goals. Which is in no way helpful, but in other situations may be less harmful than it was for us that day,” said the German on his team’s weekend fightback against Brighton.
“We turned it around, not with a brilliant performance but with a proper fight. Adapting to the situation, denying Brighton in the areas they wanted to play and all these kinds of things.”
Their upcoming Champions League encounter, against Scotland’s Rangers presents an opportunity for the Reds to rediscover their confidence and play the type of exhilarating football they have been known to play under Klopp.
Rangers have unsurprisingly had a solid start to their domestic season and sit second behind last season’s Scottish champions Celtic. From their eight league matches to date, they boast six wins, with a draw and loss in tandem.
In Europe, the 2022 Europa League finalists have failed dismally to replicate that form. The seven goals they have conceded are the joint most after the two rounds played so far. They were thrashed 4-0 and 3-0 by Ajax Amsterdam and Napoli respectively.
Czech side Viktoria Plzeň has also been breached seven times. Though, unlike the Scots — who do not have a single ...