Last season's runners-up Liverpool will have another attempt to kick-start their stuttering season with a Champions League 'Battle of Britain' against Glasgow Rangers this week. Here’s all you need to know about the game.
Where and when is it on?
Tuesday’s match takes place at Anfield in Liverpool with an 8.00pm kick-off.
What’s the team news?
Liverpool forwards Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez are both pushing for inclusion in the starting line-up at home to Rangers in the Champions League.
Both were left on the bench for Saturday’s draw with Brighton after their international commitments along with Luis Diaz, who is expected to start.
Defenders Ibrahima Konate and Calvin Ramsay, neither of whom have played this season, both trained on Monday while Joe Gomez could come in at right-back to give the under-pressure Trent Alexander-Arnold a break.
Rangers winger Tom Lawrence has suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury as a new problem has ruled him out until after the World Cup.
Midfielder James Sands is suspended after his red card in the previous fixture at home to Napoli.
Former Liverpool defender Ben Davies, who never played a minute of football for the Reds after signing from Preston in February 2021, is set for his first appearance at Anfield.
Liverpool provisional squad: Alisson, Gomez, Van Dijk, Matip, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Salah, Jota, Diaz, Kelleher, Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Ramsay, Phillips, Milner, Elliott, Carvalho, Arthur, Firmino, Nunez.
Rangers provisional squad: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldstone, Davies, Barisic, Lundstram, Jack, Arfield, Colak, Kent, Morelos, McLaughlan, McYilmaz, King, Davis, Wright, Matondo, Sakala, Tillman, Kamara, Devine.
Where can I watch the game?
The match will be shown live on RTE 2 and BT Sport 2. The game is also being streamed via the RTE Player, BT Sport Player and the LiveScore app.
What is the head-to-head record like?
Surprisingly, this will be the first time the sides have faced each other in a competitive game.
What can I read about in the build-up on Independent.ie?
Liverpool's latest disappointing result was a 3-3 draw with Brighton at Anfield last Saturday. Having gone two down, the Reds had roared back to lead 3-2 but couldn't hold out with Leandro Trossard's hat-trick goal in the 84th minute securing a point for the Seagulls.
John Aldridge, Richard Jolly and Chris Bascombe have analysis for you below alongside the match report.
What are the match odds?
Liverpool are heavy favourites at 1/7 with Rangers 14/1 and the draw priced at 7/1.
What are both camps saying?
“Yes, we can improve. We can play exactly the same and do better, that is already a fix.
“Patience is not 100 per cent the right word but we have to be patient to do the right thing again, and again and again until it works out again and then we will be fine.
“We cannot always start something completely new but if we can help the boys with a way to defend differently we will do that.
“It is the same job I had in the time when you win 10 or 12 games in a row, you have to stay on top of it and work on the details. That is what we do now, just with a different confidence level.
“Usually in a time when you win a lot of games usually not everything is going your way but there is no impact – we may have made a mistake but no-one has it in their mind. That is different in the moment.
“We have to increase the amount of good moments and decrease the amount of not-so-good moments until you can make mistakes again and they are not as impactful as they are at the moment.”
Giovanni van Bronckhorst:
“It’s going to be very difficult. They have been in three finals in the last five years and are still one of the best teams in Europe.
“Of all our opponents we faced last season and this season probably this is the best side.
“Of course there are always things to exploit, any team has those areas you can exploit.
“Although they didn’t have a good result last Saturday we are still going to prepare for the best Liverpool team tomorrow.
“They have all the strengths to perform at this level. Form means nothing, they have a good team and a fantastic coach.”