The EFA Champions League match between Liverpool and Rangers on Wednesday night at Ibrox is under strain because Napoli’s victory over Ajax put the Serie A team solidly in charge of the group.
Rangers, meanwhile, merely need to focus on scoring after putting on respectable displays but failing to score in their opening three games. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team’s chances of making it to the round of 16 would be all but impossible if they lost, but a victory over an English opponent would just give their group stage campaign a boost. What you need to know and how to watch the game are listed below:
WATCHING AND PLAYING ODDS
Wednesday, October 12 | ET time is 3 p.m. Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom, Ibrox Odds: Rangers 650; Draw 275; Liverpool -350 on TV and live streaming (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Rangers: Van Bronckhorst’s team has won two of their first three games (perhaps not the defeat to Ajax) with a lot of credit but no points, with strong defense frequently being the main part of their performance. When these two teams met at Anfield last week, Allan McGregor, for instance, was the star performer for Rangers, but the visitors only managed two efforts on goal.
Van Bronckhorst stated, “We will need to take a different approach and we must be upbeat in the three games we have left. “We are strong at home, and we demonstrated that against Napoli. Before we gave up the goals, we had to take three penalties and receive a red card.
“We’ll do our best to prepare for a challenging opponent, but we also need to win this game. Can we really afford to take more risks? You must have courage.
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Liverpool’s Sunday loss to Arsenal prompted Jurgen Klopp to urge his team to not give up. When asked about statements made by Dietmar Hamann, he responded sarcastically while pointing out the refereeing errors that, in his opinion, lost his team any chance of earning a point in the Premier League. Klopp described the former Germany and Liverpool player as “a terrific source, well respected everywhere.”
Liverpool defeated Rangers quite easily last week, but they are aware that the challenge will be far more difficult under the lights at Ibrox. They’re leaving tomorrow, and Klopp stated, “I know the atmosphere is radically different. How often did we talk about Anfield and its strength? You probably have similar events here, such as huge European nights or perhaps even big league games.
Although Liverpool should be capable of doing the job, don’t expect them to have it all their own way at a venue that shines on important European nights. PICK: Liverpool 3, Rangers 1