UEFA Champions League: Liverpool vs Rangers Highlights Match: Liverpool F.C. beats Rangers F.C. 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to Trent Alexander-Arnold's Outstanding free kick, giving them a much-needed lift of confidence.
Liverpool’s victory over Rangers, thanks to a beautiful first-half free kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold and a second-half penalty from Mohamed Salah, left them on six points after three games in their Champions League group stage.
Liverpool overcame Rangers 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday to move into the second position in Group A.
The victory, courtesy of a beautiful first-half free kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold and a second-half penalty from Mohamed Salah, moved the European champions to six points after three games, three points behind leaders Napoli.
To the chagrin of their ardent supporters, the Scots, who scarcely challenged Liverpool, remain bottom of the group with zero points.
Liverpool’s four-person onslaught of Salah, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, and Darwin Nunez rushed over Rangers, needing a morale boost following a terrible start to the Premier League.
In contrast, the visitors’ Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos has mainly ignored.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp was pleased with his team’s neat and assured efficiency, despite facing lesser opponents, notably the main goal from Alexander-Arnold, whom he had protected from recent criticism.
Alexander-Arnold, whose chances of reaching England’s World Cup team are in doubt following recent poor performances, blasted a stunning free-kick over the wall and beyond Rangers keeper Allan McGregor in the seventh minute to raise the roof off Anfield.
“All that matters is that you perform for the staff.” “It’s been a slow start to the season, but I’m looking forward to the rest of it,” said Alexander-Arnold, who received a standing ovation when he was substituted late in the game.
“The boys’ efficiency was commendable. However, it was a letdown on Saturday. “It was the exact reverse just now,” he continued, alluding to Liverpool’s Saturday 3-3 home draw with Brighton.
Liverpool’s Nunez might have scored a hat-trick in the first half, but McGregor denied the Uruguayan attacker four times in a row.
On the other hand, Salah scored the second goal from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute after Diaz has brought down on the field.
The so-called “Battle of Britain” highlighted the high-quality gap between England’s and Scotland’s highest flight divisions.
Rangers were weary and exhausted as they attempted to halt Liverpool’s attacks, while the perceptive Thiago Alcantara stopped attacks and fed by passes from midfield.
Virgil van Dijk, recently blamed for Liverpool’s porous defense, was scarcely tested on the back.
Still, in the final minutes, the Rangers substitute Rabbi Matondo did force a goal-line clearance from Kostas Tsimikas.
“We’re battling against one of the best teams in Europe.” “The extent we face might be extremely great, and the extent we presently have right now wasn’t sufficient to get something out of the game,” Rangers supervisor Giovanni van Bronckhorst stated.
The former Netherlands midfielder applauded his team for limiting Liverpool to two goals and for increased second-half performance.
“We’ll learn from this game,” he said, praising goalie McGregor for his strong performance.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson described the victory as a relief following the team’s recent struggles, which have seen them finish an unusual ninth in the Premier League and lose they’re opening Group A match against Napoli.
“On the market, it felt nice,” he said.
“You try not to pay attention to social media, especially when the team is going through a difficult time.” However, regardless of how bothersome it is, it may bring harm. So figuring out how to use that as fuel while on the pitch is crucial.”
Alexander-Arnold Demonstrates His Class | Liverpool vs Rangers
Before the ball had even struck, there was a sensation that this had headed towards the corner.
Such is Alexander-belief Arnold’s in his ability to find his niche. It demonstrated his brilliance and refocused attention on him.
But maybe this is a dance we’ll have to do for the rest of his career.
Liverpool’s overwhelming performance against Rangers did not put Alexander-Arnold to the test defensively, and the criticism directed at that facet of the game revealed nothing new to us.
What it did illustrate once again is that he is a rare player who can win games from full-back for one of the finest teams in the world.
If Virgil van Dijk hadn’t misdirected his header wide, he may have also had an assist.
But, as he went, he received a standing ovation. It was well-deserved.