In the UEFA Champions League Group A fixture, Liverpool grabbed a second victory by trumping Rangers FC 2-0. This might bring a sigh of relief to Jurgen Klopp after some gruelling sessions with Brighton in the Premier League a few days back. Now, Liverpool has 6 points from 3 games but the Rangers are yet to open their account in the Champions League. Going forward, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, the Rangers manager, has a tough task on his hand but he cannot be faulted if players do not deliver. So, who failed to deliver and who was the saving grace for the Rangers in the game against Liverpool? Come let us find out.
King Turns A Pauper
The teenager turned out to be an utter disappointment for the Rangers in the crucial game. It seemed as if the occasion got the better of him and the 18-year-old simply wilted under pressure. Resultantly, he even gave a penalty by fouling Luiz Diaz during the second half. Also, he was outsmarted by Liverpool players two times who dribbled past him with ease. King’s frailties were fully capitalized by Klopp’s side but Allan McGregor’s alertness and agility helped Rangers avoid ignominy.
Lundstram’s Most Forgettable Outing In Recent Times
The Liverpool-born midfielder also had a forgettable outing as he struggled to take control of the proceedings in the face of fierce onslaughts from Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara. And Lundstram should consider himself lucky for avoiding a send-off due to his misdemeanour against Diogo Jota. Fortunately, the “legging” act against the Portuguese only earned him a yellow card. So, Lundstram left a lot to be desired and he needs to up his ante in the games to come.
McGregor Proved To Be The Lone Warrior
Things could have been worse for the Rangers had it not been for the brilliant saves by their goalie McGregor. In a game riddled with disappointments and negatives, the Scotsman’s valour stood out in stark contrast to the Rangers’ pathetic display. He made eight saves, which are inclusive of a thundering bolt from Jota and some fierce approaches from Darwin Nunez. It was chiefly due to his bravura acts that the scoreline ended up reading 2-0 instead of 5/6-0 in favour of Liverpool. Hence, McGregor was a rare positive for the Rangers FC in an otherwise forgettable outing.