‘Small bit of hope’ – Michael Owen predicts Rangers Champions League showdown v Liverpool

Michael Owen believes that Rangers have a “small bit of hope” of getting a result against Liverpool in Tuesday’s Champions League showdown.

Rangers have been thumped in both of their group games so far against Ajax and Napoli, while Liverpool were also well beaten against Napoli although they claimed a win against the Eredivisie champions.

But with Jurgen Klopp’s side struggling for form so far this season, Owen told the Daily Mail [2 October] that while Rangers won’t be used to playing a team as good as Liverpool their performances recently will allow the Glasgow giants to dream.

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“Rangers players are used to big games,” he said. “The Old Firm games are huge occasions, not just in Scotland, but around the world and they also have good European experience.

“I don’t think they are used to playing a team of this quality but in saying that Liverpool are not at the top of their game at the moment so there is a small bit of hope there.

“Liverpool fans will be hoping that they are just finding their stride. But to those who have watched every game this season it doesn’t quite feel like that.

“They need that foothold in the Champions League group and Rangers could bear the brunt of that.

“It will be tough for them at Anfield but Ibrox could be different.”

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Owen has already told Rangers that they have a great chance to beat Liverpool if they cheat and use the pace of Ryan Kent to cause Trent Alexander-Arnold problems out wide.

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But he is right that the Anfield crowd will be right up for this game to get behind their team and just like opposing teams struggle at Ibrox, it will be a tough night for Rangers to deal with.

A defeat all but ends any slim hopes that Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have of potentially progressing with a shock turnaround, but a draw would keep their dreams alive with two of the remaining three group games taking place at Ibrox.

They will need to be at their best in the four group games and that level of performance will be hard to maintain during the season with so many games coming thick and fast.

But with Liverpool conceding the first goal so often in recent months, there is a window for Rangers to sneak a result.

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