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There was plenty of focus on how Liverpool can improve after the stuttering start to the season continued, with Rangers the next opportunity to start an upward trajectory. Here are five key points from the manager ahead of Tuesday’s game:   Confidence talk The wavering confidence in this side is no secret, it’s night and day from what we witnessed last season but Klopp knows it can happen. The task for Liverpool now is to fight through it as a team. “People can ask ‘How are these players not full of confidence?’. Do we think Cristiano Ronaldo is currently at…

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Jurgen Klopp has revealed a “long talk” between himself and Darwin Nunez before the visit of Rangers, with the Liverpool manager “completely calm.” Ahead of the Champions League clash with Rangers on Tuesday night, plenty of focus has been on Nunez after a third consecutive outing off the bench. The £85 million signing has struggled to live up to the price tag in the same emphatic way as his counterpart at Man City, Erling Haaland, with the Norwegian’s 17 goals in 11 games so far setting a ridiculous benchmark. But despite concern growing among supporters already, Klopp insists he is…

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Raphael van der Vaart has blasted Erik ten Hag’s team selections over the last month, branding him “very stupid” in the process. The former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker took issue with Ten Hag easing Casemiro into the team and says the Brazilian should have been put straight into the starting eleven. Casemiro joined late in the summer transfer window, with suggestions that he needed to build up his match fitness before being ready for Premier League football. He has made just one start against Real Sociedad in the Europa League group stages and has made five sub appearances from the bench.…

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Tuesday night will bring a reunion for Ben Davies as he visits Liverpool with Rangers, with the centre-back set for his first-ever start at Anfield. Davies spent less than a year-and-a-half on the books at Liverpool, following a deadline-day move from Preston in February 2021, failing to make a competitive appearance. The defender, signed for an initial £500,000, was on the bench eight times in the second half of 2020/21, before spending the following campaign on loan with Sheffield United. After dropping even further down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp, the 27-year-old then opted to leave the club in…

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Chris Sutton has slammed Manchester United’s performance against Man City following their sobering defeat at the Etihad Stadium. The Red Devils lost the derby 6-3 but were 4-0 down at half time owing to a shambolic display both in and out of possession. In his column for The Mail Online, Sutton branded United’s first half showing as “embarrassing.” “Anyone tuning in at half-time should not have been kidded by the 4-0 scoreline. It hadn’t been that close. “We like to talk about ‘identity’ in football, but Manchester United’s was non-existent. “On the rare occasions they won the ball in that…

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It has now been a month since Darwin Nunez made his last start, and after three games off the bench, fans feel he should come back in against Rangers. Since making his £85 million move from Benfica, becoming the club’s most-expensive signing in history, Nunez has only made two competitive starts for Liverpool. They, technically, came back to back, with the Uruguayan coming straight back into the side following a three-match suspension, starting against Crystal Palace and Everton. But the striker has flattered to deceive when called upon, and with Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino impressing in his stead, Nunez…

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Manchester United do not expect Raphael Varane to be sidelined for a long time after he picked up an injury in United’s derby day drubbing. The defender sustained the injury in the first half of the demolition, which led to United conceding a goal from a corner while he was on the touchline waiting to come on. Varane was substituted minutes later and was replaced by Victor Lindelof. According to the Manchester Evening News, “Sources have described Varane’s injury as “not bad” but the club are cautious after the Frenchman’s injury-blighted first season.” “Varane drove himself into United’s Carrington training…

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