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Liverpool v Rangers preview: betting acca tips, team news and predictions

By Ben Green

Published: 17:20, 3 October 2022

Liverpool will look to bounce back from the weekend’s concerning 3-3 draw with Brighton when they host Rangers in the Champions League on Tuesday night (8pm kick-off, UK time).

Jurgen Klopp’s men have now won just two of their opening seven Premier League games in 2022/23, leading to early concerns from some Koppites. In the Champions League, it’s been a similar tale of inconsistency, recently beating Ajax 2-1, but capitulating 4-0 to Napoli on matchday one.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst could also do with a morale-boosting victory in continental football. Last season’s Europa League finalists are propping up the Group A table with back-to-back defeats — but this contest at Anfield arguably represents their most difficult challenge, even with Liverpool’s wavering form.

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Liverpool v Rangers betting acca tips

The Champions League is moving at a relentless pace, owing largely to the schedule-disrupting winter World Cup, but it certainly aligns with the turbo-charged tempo of the competition. This midweek represents another matchday of potential classics.

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Liverpool team news

Andy Robertson — who is lifelong Celtic fan — will miss out here as he continues to fight his way back to full fitness after suffering a knee injury earlier this season. Ibrahima Konate recently returned to training but was kept out of the Brighton squad over the weekend as Klopp looks to ease him back slowly. Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are longer-term absentees and as such, were omitted from Liverpool’s Champions League squad.

Klopp faces a dilemma in the middle of the pitch as he looks to find his best midfield combination. Against Brighton, the German went with a Thiago, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson trident, but he will likely tinker with that composition given how porous they looked against the Seagulls. That performance naturally led to some backlash, with BBC pundit and former Man Utd forward Garth Crooks particularly critical of Thiago.

In his ‘Team of the Week’ feature on BBC Sport, Crooks — who featured Roberto Firmino in his side — wrote: “Liverpool fans keep telling me that Thiago Alcantara (when he’s fit) is their main man. He might be if he could run. The Spaniard has turned jogging into an art form.

“He can’t get up the park and doesn’t have the finishing instincts of Firmino. Thiago certainly has his moments but if we are going to compare their contributions and the importance each player provides the team, then Firmino is in a different class.”

Rangers team news

The Glaswegians are without New York City FC loanee James Sands who is serving out a European suspension after getting sent off against Napoli last time out. That means former Liverpool defender Ben Davies is set to finally make an appearance at Anfield after moving from Preston in 2021 (only not for Liverpool). The English centre-back joined the Reds during a defensive injury crisis but failed to feature under Klopp and ultimately moved to Rangers in the summer.

Van Bronckhorst also has major concerns over the likes of Kemar Roofe, Filip Helander, John Souttar, Tom Lawrence, Ianis Hagi Jon McLaughlin and Nnamadi Ofoborth.

Scoreline prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Rangers