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Jurgen Klopp says one Liverpool player was truly "special" against Rangers last night

Ryan Smart

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Jurgen Klopp says one Liverpool player was truly "special" against Rangers last night

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has named the one Reds star he believes was "special" during his side's 7-1 win over Rangers in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

The Reds travelled to Ibrox looking to secure their third consecutive win in European competition. After Ajax lost 4-2 to Napoli in the early kick-off, a victory for Klopp's side would leave them requiring just one point from their final two games to qualify for the last 16 stage.

But the game got off to the worst possible start when Scott Arfield opened the scoring for Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side on 17 minutes, sending the Ibrox crowd into raptures.

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However, Liverpool equalised through Roberto Firmino, with the Brazilian adding a second before half-time. After the break, any notions of a close second-half encounter were quickly dispelled. Darwin Nunez placed the ball into the bottom corner following a stunning pass from Firmino.

Mohamed Salah then netted a five-minute hat-trick - the quickest ever scored in the Champions League - before Harvey Elliott added a seventh goal late on.

It was a huge 7-1 win for the Reds, and crucially closed the goal difference gap to Napoli, who Liverpool face on the final matchweek of the group stage. That tie takes place on November 1 at Anfield.

Klopp describes Liverpool player performance as "special"

Understandably, Klopp was delighted with the second half display, and there was no surprise that he gave huge praise to one player - and his goals - in particular.

The German said (quotes via Liverpool Echo): "Special. Typical Mo [Salah].

"Very important, the whole thing. How the boys adapted to it, to the position, to the line-up, the reaction of the boys on the pitch. I thought everybody who started tonight played really well."

Liverpool are next in European action on October 26. They take on Ajax at the Johan Cruyff ArenA, with a draw enough to seal progression to the knockouts.

Before then, there are three Premier League matches on the agenda, with a crunch clash against Manchester City at Anfield first up on Sunday.


Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool, Rangers, Mohamed Salah, Champions League

Ryan Smart
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