Liverpool vs Rangers LIVE: Champions League team news and line-ups as Darwin Nunez kicks off

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits the team lacks confidence

It’s an all-British affair in tonight’s Champions League when Liverpool host Rangers in Group A. The Reds bounced back from their Matchday 1 defeat by Napoli with a 2-1 win over Ajax – thanks to Joel Matip’s 89th-minute winner – and sit second in their group ahead of tonight’s game.

Rangers, meanwhile, have lost their first two games in Europe’s top competition, conceding seven goals in ties with Napoli and Ajax. The Champions League return was a tough blow for the Scottish side but they will put some confidence into this game thanks to a 4-0 defeat by Hearts in the Scottish Premiership at the weekend.

It’s also a good time to visit Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s side look weak defensively and are struggling to find any rhythm. Of the five games they have played at home this season, Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet but they are hoping to rectify that against the Gers and get their season back on track. Can Rangers capitalize on Liverpool’s weaknesses or will the Reds sweep Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men aside tonight?

Follow all the Champions League action as Liverpool host Rangers at Anfield:


Jurgen Klopp’s thoughts before the game

Speaking to BT Sport ahead of the kick, the Liverpool manager said: “We’re expecting a really tough game. We looked at the Rangers line-up, probably a 5-4-1, so they’ll be compact, I don’t know how deep.

“We’ve made changes, we need to make changes, we’ve played so many games.”


Liverpool vs Scottish teams

Liverpool have beaten Celtic (twice), Hibernian (twice), Aberdeen and Heart of Midlothian over two legs.

Their only two-game defeat against a Scottish side came in the 2003 UEFA Cup quarter-finals, when Celtic won 2-0 at Anfield after a 1-1 draw in Glasgow.

However, Liverpool have failed to win their last three home games against Scottish clubs – a draw against Celtic in 1997 and Hearts in 2012 on either side of a defeat by Celtic in 2003.


Liverpool vs Rangers

15 minutes until kick-off. Which way will he go tonight? Can Liverpool sweep their Scottish opponents aside or will Rangers claim a first win of their Champions League campaign?

(Action pics via Reuters)



Liverpool vs Rangers

Liverpool have a record of seven wins, four draws and three losses against Scottish sides in Europe, which is a reflection of Rangers’ three wins, four draws and seven losses against English sides.

In those games, Liverpool have scored 18 goals and conceded just nine. Rangers have scored 11 goals and conceded 20.


Davies returns to Anfield

Ex-Liverpool man and now Rangers defender Ben Davies has never broken into the first-team after signing for the Premier League side but will play against his old club at Anfield tonight.

Speaking to BT Sport ahead of kick-off, he said: “The performance against Napoli in the last game was better than against Ajax.

“Tonight is another opportunity to show what we can do at this level.”



Virgil van Dijk: Consistency is key in Liverpool’s recovery after another setback against Brighton

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is confident his side can quickly find their best form and insists consistency is key.

A fourth draw in seven Premier League games had manager Jurgen Klopp admit that confidence is as much an issue as rhythm and momentum. After the 3-3 draw with Brighton, a game in which the Reds regained the lead from a 2-0 deficit, Van Dijk used the word ‘consistency’ in four of his answers to seven questions.

But it will take action rather than words to reverse a trend that has seen Liverpool keep just two clean sheets in 10 games, with the latest chaotic defensive display being clinically exposed by a Seagulls side that had not played in a month and theirs first played game for a new manager.


The clinical conclusion is missing

Rangers are still looking for their first Champions League goal of the season, having previously never missed a goal in their first three games.

Only Viktoria Pilsen (two) and Sevilla (three) have had fewer shots on goal than Rangers (four).


Can Liverpool emulate Ajax?

Rangers’ 4-0 defeat by Ajax on Matchday 1 was their heaviest away game in the Champions League. They had one shot on target – eight fewer than their opponents and just four touches in the opposition’s penalty area.


Lundstram’s broken allegiance

Rangers midfielder John Lundstram was born in Liverpool and began his career at Everton in 2002, where he signed on a scholarship in 2010.

After joining Ibrox last year, he admitted tonight he will have family and friends who will support opposing sides.

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