Jürgen Klopp praises forwards and Darwin’s evolution in ‘surprise setup’


Jürgen Klopp praised Darwin Núñez and Liverpool’s new-look attack as his team comfortably eclipsed Rangers to strengthen their Champions League qualification hopes at Anfield.

Liverpool’s victory arrived courtesy of a Trent Alexander-Arnold free‑kick plus a Mohamed Salah penalty but it was the understanding between a reshaped forward line that enabled Klopp’s team to dominate Rangers, who remain without a point and a goal on their return to the Champions League stage.

Núñez, making his first European start for Liverpool and only his third in total, was denied several times by the veteran Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor but impressed throughout. Klopp insisted it is only a matter of time before the Uruguay international is rewarded with his first goal at Anfield.

“I think our setup was the bigger surprise tonight. We surprised ourselves and these situations can then happen. It was difficult to defend. Diogo Jota moved particularly well between the lines. It was a difficult game and occasion for Rangers but we respect them a lot. We don’t think we are halfway through. Next week will be different. It was 2-0, a top game, good result, let’s go from there.”

Alexander-Arnold’s goal was a timely reminder of his attacking quality following recent criticism of his defending and the doubt over his England place at the World Cup.