We have to do that – Jürgen Klopp praises “committed” performance in victory

Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to continue after a controlled Champions League win over Rangers that began with the stunning free-kick from much-publicized Trent Alexander-Arnold.

After Brighton suffered a frustrating 3-3 Premier League draw on Saturday, the Reds returned to Anfield on Tuesday to return to winning ways against Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men.

Liverpool responded with a 2-0 win over Rangers that was more comprehensive than the result would suggest, with Alexander-Arnold’s superb display complemented by a Mohamed Salah penalty.

The gap would have been wider had not Rangers goaltender Allan McGregor put in an excellent performance on a night when the hosts successfully switched to a 4-2-3-1 formation.

“Good game, made the game we wanted to play,” said Liverpool boss Klopp.

“A really good defensive performance in a new structure, created a lot offensively. The Rangers goalie made some really nice saves and we missed some others (chances) but I liked it a lot.

“The two goals we scored were really nice. OK, one is a penalty, but Lucho’s (Luis Diaz) move for the pen was really good. We played well in those areas.

“Trento’s free-kick was outstanding and set pieces are actually my favorite goals because you don’t have to wait for VAR. You can just celebrate them.

“So, in the end I think Rangers went up a bit but really just put us in a situation where Ali (Alisson Becker) had to make a save. But I really liked the game.

“No frustration (no more scoring at all). I really didn’t want to sit here and talk about 4-0 or whatever – 2-0 is great, gives us three points. Let’s move on.”

Liverpool are second in Group A after clinching back-to-back wins at home against Ajax and Rangers after an embarrassing 4-1 defeat by Napoli.

Now the Reds will be looking to get back on track in the Premier League, where an underperforming start to the season means they are 11 points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal ahead of their trip to north London on Sunday.

“The criticism is perfectly fine,” said Klopp. “We’re not overjoyed with our situation, let me put it that way.

“I don’t think (criticism) had too much to do with the situation. It was the game that gave us this job.

“But I saw a fully committed team tonight. I like that a lot and we have to do that.”

Klopp joked he has been unable to read newspapers for several weeks due to the criticism – an approach England manager Gareth Southgate may have taken during the recent international break.

The Three Lions manager’s decision to drop Alexander-Arnold from the matchday squad against Germany caused consternation and the right-back will be in the spotlight at every Liverpool appearance ahead of the World Cup.

“He played well, especially defensively,” said Klopp. “Wonderful goal.

“We set it up differently. We can’t talk about that every week, but Trent doesn’t have a defensive problem. We had a defensive problem – hopefully we ‘had’.”

While Liverpool are well positioned to progress, Rangers still have no point on the board at half-time in Group A.

Van Bronckhorst’s Gers welcome the Reds to Ibrox next Wednesday and the Dutchman is hoping his side learn from Tuesday’s defeat at Anfield.

“We’re up against one of the best teams in Europe, so the gap is there,” he said. “It doesn’t mean you have to lose the game.

“I think we fought really well because it’s a strong team, we defended set pieces really well, which is very difficult because they take it really well. You have good headlines.

“We will learn from this game. My team will learn from this game, my players personally and we should take the experience into the next game and also into the league performance.

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