Klopp: Everyone expected the strong reaction… and Rangers will be different next week
German coach Jurgen Klopp spoke about his team’s exciting victory over Scotland’s Rangers 2-0 in the match that was held between them at “Anfield”, in the third round of Group A of the Champions League for the current season 2022-2023.
Jurgen Klopp said in statements to UEFA: “This is what we wanted, solid performance and goals after changing the squad. We created several chances, but scored two goals and I am more than very happy.”
Klopp added: “The beautiful thing is that the two goals were from fixed balls, and the mouse did not spoil our joy.” He stressed, “Yes, we trained once yesterday and I told the players what I wanted to do.”
Klopp continued: “We were very good and solid in defense and we were not lucky to attack, but I am happy,” and confirmed: “We will face Rangers next week and they will be different at home after we face Arsenal.”
Klopp continued: “I have said several times that the defensive style is not a problem, the backs press and the central defenders form protection, and today we succeeded in that and we were more serious about defending.”
“Everyone expected a reaction from us and we did it,” Jurgen Klopp said.
With this result, the Liverpool team was in second place in the table of the first group standings with 6 points collected from winning two games and losing one, scoring 5 goals and receiving the same.
While Rangers are in the fourth and last place in the Champions League with zero points, after losing in the three rounds, not scoring goals and receiving 9.
In today’s match, James Milner played his 300th confrontation with Liverpool in his history, where the player received a warm welcome from the fans.
Since the start of the 2016-2017 season, Trent Alexander-Arnold has scored six goals from direct free kicks in all competitions, more than any other Liverpool player in this period, according to Opta, the global network specialized in global football statistics.
Liverpool began its campaign this season in the Champions League with a heavy loss away to Napoli, Italy, 4-1, before regaining confidence in the second round and winning a 2-1 victory over Ajax in the Netherlands.
The first group includes, in addition to the English club Liverpool and Napoli, the Dutch Ajax Amsterdam and the Scottish Rangers.
Liverpool had lost the final of the last edition of the Champions League 2021-2022 against Real Madrid, 1-0, in the match that was held at the Stade de France in the French capital, Paris.
The Liverpool team met its counterpart Rangers in two friendly matches, as both clubs have never directly faced each other in any official tournament, but there was a friendly match in 2008 and the Reds won 4-0 in Liverpool’s preparations for the football season, and another confrontation in 2011, which ended with Rangers winning with a clean goal. .