Kris Commons reveals what Rangers must do to stun ‘Soft’ Liverpool in Champions League

Kris Commons believes Rangers have a realistic chance of a win against Liverpool in the upcoming UEFA Champions League fixture.

Both sides, who are in dire need of points to progress to the next stage, will face off on matchday three of the competition at Anfield on Tuesday.

Commons, in a column for the Scottish Daily Mail print edition on 3 October 2022 (page 70), stated that the Gers must try and have a quick start against the Reds just like Brighton did in the most recent outing.

“Brighton were 2-0 up after barely 20 minutes and that’s the sort of fast start Rangers should look to replicate in tomorrow night’s Champions League clash,” he wrote.

“There is an undoubted fragility to this Liverpool team at the moment. They have a soft centre and that’s what Rangers should look to exploit.

“You can go through them all individually; Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Alisson, even Andy Robertson prior to his injury – they’ve all been off it this season.”

Big game

Rangers season is now finally back on track after consecutive wins against Dundee United and Hearts on the domestic front.

Those results have definitely given much-needed breathing space to manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst who was under increasing pressure after the Gers suffered three back-to-back heavy defeats against Celtic, Ajax and Napoli.

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Before the Champions League group stage started, one team who Rangers would’ve picked as the most difficult one to beat out of the three opponents would be Liverpool.

The Reds were the runners-up in the previous edition of Europe’s elite club competition where they lost to Real Madrid in the final.

However, because of their poor form this season, Rangers fans will be well within their right to expect a much closer contest between the sides and they will be hoping that their team will be able to pull a surprising result against one of the biggest clubs in the continent.

‘Calamitous’ – Tom English: Rangers have been damaged by new developments

Rangers have been damaged by injuries to big players already this season, according to Tom English.

The BBC journalist even labelled the defence of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side as “calamitous” at times with John Souttar and Filip Helander both injured.

After selling Calvin Bassey, the last thing the club needed was the news over the past week that the duo are ruled out until after the World Cup, but Ben Davies stepping up has been one positive.

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Writing in his latest BBC column ahead of the trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool, English did not hold back on his assessment of the Bears so far this season.

“Rangers’ defence has flitted between composed and calamitous this season,” he wrote.

“Bassey has been a big loss. The injuries to John Souttar and Filip Helander have damaged them, too.”

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Rotten Luck.

You can say all you want about the Rangers defence, but no other club has had to deal with as many injury problems in recent weeks and months.

Souttar and Helander being out until after the World Cup sums it up really, with those two having the worst luck of any players in Scotland over the years.

But, you can’t make excuses for some of the displays we have seen, and that cannot be allowed to happen down in Merseyside on Tuesday evening [04 October].

Liverpool are in a rut themselves so that could go one of two ways, either they unleash hell or they continue to struggle, but much of that will depend on how we approach the game.

It has to be made as hard as possible for their influential attacking players like Mohamed Salah, but also those who dictate the game like Thiago – that is critical.

Hopefully, it will be more inspired than calamitous tomorrow.

Rangers almost ‘lost at sea’ despite only getting richer – Chris Jack

Rangers are almost “lost at sea” when it comes to playing in the Champions League after returning to the big time this season, according to Chris Jack.

The Bears raked in the windfall and despite only getting richer along with Celtic, both have nothing financially compared to some of the big guns they are coming up against.

It is suggested that the Champions League is consistently being tweaked in favour of the few, meaning clubs like Rangers see the balance disappear.

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Writing in his latest column for the Glasgow Evening Times, Jack insisted that despite the money pouring in, there is still a long way to go for both of the Old Firm.

“As the rich of Glasgow only get richer, the gap between Rangers and Celtic and the rest of the league becomes a gulf,” he wrote. “The problem is self-perpetuating in many ways.

“The issue can be extrapolated out European wide and the Glasgow giants know all too well how difficult it is to compete with clubs who have resources, both on and off the park, many times greater than they can even aspire to.

“As the Champions League is continually tweaked in favour of the few rather than the many, the balance seemingly shifts further away from the Old Firm. Rangers will always be a large fish in a small pond domestically, but they are almost lost at sea when thrown in at the deep end.”

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Behind.

When you look at the Champions League, the same teams always get to the final stages with the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid coming to mind.

Those two teams spend as much money as they like without really ever getting punished for it, whereas Rangers are only two games back into the Champions League and are already on the UEFA watchlist for FFP.

It makes little sense, but even getting to the group stages is a huge achievement, with that windfall critical to the club if they want to keep progressing – despite using none of it on a transfer as of yet.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has already admitted he is fighting a losing battle on the pitch though, with Ajax, Napoli and Liverpool just having more power on and off the pitch.

Hopefully, changes can be made to benefit clubs like Rangers looking to make this a consistent feat, something that will only benefit them financially, but also Scotland as a whole.

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