Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick and Mohamed Salah’s penalty secured Liverpool a comfortable 2-0 win over Rangers in the Champions League ‘Battle of Britain’.
Jurgen Klopp’s side put in a much-improved performance after their slow start to the season to climb into second place in Group A, three points behind in-form leaders Napoli.
Alexander-Arnold silenced his critics with a brilliant early opener, curling an unstoppable free-kick into the top corner and Salah converted from the point after Leon King clumsily challenged Luis Diaz in the second half.
Napoli are leading the way after extending their 100 per cent start of the season to 11 games in all competitions.
Serie A leaders Luciano Spalletti’s side beat Liverpool and Rangers 4-1 and 3-0 in their respective groups, beating Ajax 6-1 in Amsterdam.
Mohammed Kudus gave Ajax an early lead but Napoli responded with a header from Giacomo Raspadori and Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Piotr Zielinski gave the Italians a 3-1 lead at half-time.
Napoli added more goals through Raspadori and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Giovanni Simeone completed the goal after Ajax captain Dusan Tadic was sent off.
FC Bayern Munich set a new Champions League record with 31 group games unbeaten after beating Viktoria Pilsen 5-0 at the Allianz Arena.
The German champions, unbeaten in the group stage since September 2017, remain top of Group C, extended their 100 percent start to three games this season and are yet to concede a goal.
Leroy Sane scored twice for Julian Nagelsmann’s side, who led 3-0 at half-time, while Serge Gnabry, former Liverpool striker Sadio Mane and Eric Choupo-Moting also scored.
Barcelona slipped to their second group stage defeat of the season with a 1-0 defeat at Inter Milan.
Hakan Calhanoglu scored the only goal to leave Barca, who lost 2-0 to Bayern Munich in the previous group game, third in the table, three points behind Inter.
Tottenham’s goalless draw in Germany against Eintracht Frankfurt – both sides wasting several chances – leaves them second in Group D, two points behind leaders Sporting Lisbon, who slipped earlier in the evening.
Marseille turned the tables on its head by sending Sporting to their first defeat with a 4-1 win at the Orange Velodrome.
Marseille fell back within the first minute to Trincao’s efforts but hit back with two goals in three minutes from Alexis Sanchez and Amine Harit.
Sporting goalkeeper Antonio Adan was sent off midway through the first half for handling outside the box before Leonardo Balerdi gave Marseille a 3-1 lead. Chancel Mbemba added a late fourth for the French.
Club Brugge clinched three wins out of three with a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Belgian capital to secure a six-point lead at the top of Group B. Kamal Sowah and Ferran Jutgla scored in both halves.
Porto clinched their first group win of the season, beating Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 at home thanks to goals from Zaidu Sanusi and Galeno.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/bayern-munich-champions-league-liverpool-napoli-club-brugge-b2195698.html Liverpool are back on form while Bayern Munich sets a Champions League record