Welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of the UEFA Champions League clash between Liverpool and Rangers from the Anfield Stadium.
FULL TIME! And it’s done and dusted. Liverpool win 2-0 against Rangers courtesy of goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah’s penalty. Liverpool moves to second spot in group A with six points, three behind leader Napoli.
For Liverpool - Alexander-Arnold OUT, Joe Gomez IN
Four added minutes and Liverpool is taking it slow and steady. Little one-twos from the Reds. Frustration for the Rangers players. A morale boosting win for Liverpool with Alexander-Arnold on the score sheet, who gets a standing ovation from the Anfield crowd as he’s taken off.
CHANCE! Tsimikas with a lovely clearance near the goal post. This was by far the best chance for Rangers. Matondo breached through the left flank before drilling out a low shot that goes through Allison’s legs but Tsimikas is there to save it.
With less than 10 minutes to go, Liverpool looks settled as Rangers has lacked penetration. Liverpool’s back four haven’t had much to work with as the Reds have asserted dominance throughout.
For Liverpool - Nunez OUT, Elliott IN; Thiago OUT, Milner IN
For Rangers - Davies OUT, Kamara IN
OFF SIDE! Salah, with great vision, finds Nunez who’s near the six yard box, he then crosses it to a sliding Jota who legs it wide. Could’ve been the third but it is called offside eventually. Rangers have a mountain to climb if they intend to draw, let alone win this battle. Liverpool dominance continues..
For Liverpool - Jota Out, Firmino IN; Henderson OUT, Fabinho IN
Poor clearance from Matip leads to Liverpool losing possession at a dangerous position. Jack collects the ball and passes it to Fashion Jr. He shoots and it goes well wide. No trouble for Allison
For Rangers - Tillman OUT, Sakala IN; Davis OUT, Jack IN
ALLAN MCGREGOR AGAIN! Thiago finds Tsimikas who bisects two Rangers defenders to find Diego Jota. He gets a great first touch and gets a shot in but Mc Gregor gets a faint touch to it. Best save of the night!
LIVERPOOL (Moahmed Salah 53’ (P) 2-0 RANGERS
Brilliant run from Luis Dias, runs into the 18 yard box, two Rangers players converges into him and King brings him down and it is a PENALTY FOR LIVERPOOL. Salah comes in to take it and he SCORES!!! COOLY FINISHED. Salah doubles the lead for Liverpool. Anfield erupts!!
Moreles slips and Matip takes the ball who passes it to Dias, on to Tsimikas but the ball is cleared out of danger. Liverpool riding on the first half confidence. Now Rangers with the counter, Davies heads it to Kent who attempts a left footed finish but the ball goes wide. Better football from the Scottish side.
Second half underway!
LIVERPOOL (Trent Alexander-Arnold 7’) 1-0 RANGERS
Salah, dictating the terms on the right side, passes to Thiago in the middle and eventually on to Darwin Nunez. But Nunez fails to convert it and hits it straight to McGregor. The scoreline doesn’t justify Liverpool’s performance this night. Some chances missed, some denied by McGregor.
McGregor rescues Rangers yet again! Salah, from the right flank, dribbles his way through. Produces a through ball to Nunez, he does well to reach and gets a touch but McGregor is there to save. The 40-year old is Rangers’ best player so far this game
Lundstram gets a yellow for an atrocious challenge on Jota. Very poor attempt from the Englishman
Henderson with yet another tremendous long ball. Darwin Nunez, inside the 18 yard box receives it and shoots it. McGregor is there to defend, Rangers’ defense is being exploited constantly, if not for McGregor the scoreline would’ve heavily favoured Liverpool.
Rangers has lost 25 of its last 28 Champions league matches. Its recent was against Napoli where it suffered a 3-0 loss with defender James Sands being sent off for a foul on Giovanni Simeone.
Henderson literally controlling the midfield, passes it right to Salah who makes a run in the right flank, give it to Nunez and on to Dias but nothing happens. Corner for Liverpool, brilliant delivery from Arnold into the 6 yard box, goes agonisingly close to Van Dijk and Dias. Liverpool just toying with the Rangers defense.
Liverpool now enjoying a 63% possession. Salah in the middle, finds Alexander Arnold with a through ball. Arnold tries for a long range goal but McGregor deflects it. Throw for Liverpool, its Arnold again, tries for something similar but fails yet again. Rangers under constant pressure from the Reds.
Free-kick for Rangers and its in a similar position as Alexander Arnold, Kent takes it but hits straight onto the Liverpool wall.
Salah runs deep into the right flank, dribbling past the Rangers midfield to get into the 18yard box. Attempts a left foot finish but fails to convert it. Corner for Liverpool, Alexander Arnold takes it, cleared easily.
Diego Jota with a beautiful run past three Rangers players, passes it on to Dias in the middle, who tries to finish from outside the box but hits it wide. Dominance from Liverpool.
LIVERPOOL 1-0 RANGERS
Free kick for Liverpool, Trent Alexander Arnold and Mohammed Salah discuss between themselves. Trent takes it eventually and that is a BANGER!!! WHAT A SCREAMER FROM WELL OUTSIDE THE BOX. SHUTS DOWN ALL THE CRITICISM SURROUNDING HIM WITH THAT!
Jordan Henderson with a beautiful long ball to Nunez who then passes it to Dias. Dias with an ambitious effort that is nowhere near the target. Very tidy football from Liverpool
Liverpool starts off slow. Building up the momentum, Van Dijk to Henderson who passes it long to Salah. Nunez collects it and tries to finish but McGregor punches it wide. Danger averted
Rangers will kick left to right in the first half. Ryan Kent starts the proceedings
This week, all Champions League matches will observe a moment of silence to commemorate the victims of Saturday’s Indonesian football tragedy
And the players make their way into the middle!!
We are just minutes away from the kick-off!
Liverpool - Allisonn, Alexander Arnold, matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Thiago, Henderson, Diaz, Salah, Jota, Nunez Subs: Adrian, Kelleher, Goemez, Fabinho, Konate, Milner, Firminho, Elliot, Ramsay, Carvalho, Phillips
Rangers - McGregor, Tavernier, Lundstram, Goldson, Davis, Kent, Morelos, Davies, Barisic, King, Tillman Subs: McLaughlin, Mccrorie, Ridvan, Devine, Jack, Kamara, Arfield, Colak, Matondo, Wright, Fashion Jr
Liverpool will take on Rangers in the UEFA Champions League Group A fixture on Wednesday at the Anfield Stadium.
Liverpool, coming into this game after a mediocre performance against Brighton in the Premier League, will look to make amends to its defensive lineup. Trent Alexander Arnold and Virgil Van Dijk have endured a lean patch, with Liverpool keeping only two clean sheets in seven EPL matches so far.
Rangers, from the Scottish Premier League, has three wins, a draw and a loss in the last five league games and will eye an upset against the Premier League giant.
Where to watch Liverpool vs Rangers UEFA Champions League match?
The Liverpool vs Rangers UEFA Champions League match will be telecast live on Sony Ten 1/Ten 1 HD and can be live streamed on Sony LIV.
When does Liverpool play Rangers in the UEFA Champions League?
Liverpool will take on Rangers in the UEFA Champions League at 12.30am IST on Wednesday.