Liverpool vs Rangers: UEFA Champions League Preview, Gameweek 3, 2022
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 26: Rangers Scarves during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox on December 26, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Bill Murray / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Last season's Champions League and Europa League runners-up meet as Liverpool host Rangers at Anfield on Tuesday night.

The Reds are desperate to arrest their poor run of form; they have won just three of their nine matches in all competitions. 

In this competition they suffered a humiliating loss away to Napoli in their group opener but bounced back with a victory against Ajax at home courtesy of a late Joel Matip header.

With those two facing each other in quick succession, Jurgen Klopp's side could forge ahead in the group with two victories against their Scottish opposition. 

Meanwhile, the visitors are second in the league behind arch-rivals Celtic and bottom of Group A with no points after heavy losses to Ajax and Napoli. 

They head to Merseyside with confidence however after beating Hearts of 4-0 at the weekend. 

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst has challenged his side to believe that they can cause a famous upset and compound the Reds misery. 

  • Team News

Liverpool 

Left-back Andy Robertson, who is a boyhood Celtic supporter will miss the clash due to a knee injury. 

Fellow Scot Calvin Ramsay trained but the game is expected to come too soon for the summer signing. 

Ibrahima Konate is also back in training however he is not expected to feature as he recovers from a knee injury. 

Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota all started from the bench against Brighton at the weekend but could be used from the start if Klopp decides to freshen up his attack. 

He could also freshen up his midfield, with Fabinho potentially getting a rest and Jordan Henderson featuring in the six role, with Harvey Elliott returning to the right of the midfield.

Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are out for the long-term and Caoimhin KelleherCurtis Jones and Kaide Gordon are still missing but should not be too far away from a return to action.

Rangers

The Gers are without James Sands, who was sent off last time out against Napoli. 

Therefore Conor Goldson and former Liverpool forgotten man Ben Davies should be the partnership in central defence.

Tom Lawrence, Jon McLaughlin and Kemar Roofe are doubts after missing the weekend's dominant win over Hearts. 

John Souttar, Filip Helander, Nnamadi Ofoborth and Ianis Hagi and are all expected to be out until after the World Cup.

Alfredo Morelos would have been a guaranteed starter in previous seasons however Antonio Colak has scored 11 in 14 games since his summer arrival from PAOK.

  • Likely Lineups

Liverpool

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson, Thiago,Elliott; Diaz, Jota, Salah

Rangers

McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Davies, Barisic; Lundstram, Davis, Jack; Tillman, Colak, Kent

  • Key Players

Liverpool- Luis Diaz

One of the only Liverpool players to come out of the game in Naples with any credit, Luis Diaz curled in a superb consolation from outside the box.

He has four goals and an assist in 10 games so far this season continuing on from his electric introduction to English football. 

One of the only bright sparks in a torrid season so far for the Reds. 

Rangers- James Tavernier

Right-back James Tavernier is the heartbeat of this Rangers side and he contributed to an incredible 35 goals last season. 

He was even the top scorer in the Europa League with seven, however his form has been patchy this season. 

He has managed three goals and four assists in 14 games so far this season but his performances in defeats to Celtic, Napoli and Ajax have been concerning. 

When he struggles, Rangers struggle. So he needs to have a big performance at Anfield. 

  • Match Details

Where is the game being played? 

The clash is at Anfield in Liverpool. 

What time is kick-off? 

Kick-off is at 20:00 BST on Tuesday 4th October. 

How can I watch? 

The match is live on BT Sport 2, with coverage beginning at 18:30 BST. 

 

 

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