Rangers were thoroughly outclassed and outmaneuvered by the blisteringly fast Liverpool team
Rangers were stunned by Liverpool in matchday four of the Champions League. Playing in front of a packed Ibrox stadium, Rangers opened the scoring in the first half. It was as if the Ibrox collapsed, such was the roar of applause for the goal scored by Scott Arfield. Liverpool frontman Roberto Firmino leveled the scoring in the first half only. The teams were all tied at the end of the first half and it looked like anybody’s game. However, Liverpool upped their performance in the second half and put six goals past a stunned Rangers side. Mohammed Salah scored the fastest hattrick in the history of the Champions League after coming on as a substitute for Darwin Nunez in the 68th minute
Liverpool played brilliant football in the second half, maybe the best game of their season so far. In the second half, the Rangers were just absurdly bad and Liverpool were amazingly dominant. Rangers left-back Borna Barisic, in the post-match conference, said:
“It’s hard to find the right words after that. We can talk about how Liverpool has £800 million in players. That we are new in the Champions League and still learning. But this is just unacceptable. We talked in the last three games about how hard it is in the Champions League, that teams have spent 400 or 500 million on players. But when you lose 7-1, it’s hard to find an excuse.”
Rangers manager also expressed his disappointment with his team’s performance. He said:
“It was very disappointing. We (Rangers) tried to push after 3-1 but you could see we were struggling. They upped the tempo and we weren’t accurate with our passing. That’s why we conceded so many goals.”
Rangers are now in danger of becoming the worst-ever team in the Champions League. If they concede five more goals without scoring, they will replace the 2011-12 Dinamo Zagreb team as the worst-performing team of all time.
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