By Sean Fisher

5th Oct, 2022 | 10:40am

Rio Ferdinand praises Rangers duo Fashion Sakala and Rabbi Matondo in defeat at Liverpool

Rangers suffered their third consecutive Champions League defeat on Tuesday night, with Liverpool inflicting a 2-0 loss at Anfield.

Rio Ferdinand believes Rangers may have fared better against Jurgen Klopp’s side had Fashion Sakala and Rabbi Matondo started the game.

Both wingers came on as substitutes in the second half, with Sakala replacing Malik Tillman just after the hour mark, and Matondo coming on for Ryan Kent with nine minutes to go.

Speaking after the match to BT Sport (October 4, 2:02:00), Ferdinand said: “To be fair the two wingers who came on late in the game (Sakala and Matondo), they wanted to get at people.

“They showed a different energy in the game, and you thought if they maybe started like that…

“Hindsight is a great thing but if they maybe started like that or been a bit more adventurous or on the front-foot with those types of players they may have given themselves a better opportunity.

“Maybe it wouldn’t have allowed Liverpool to be so on the front-foot as they were.”

Got it wrong

Standing up to Liverpool at Anfield was always going to be a tough ask, but there are a number of decisions made by Giovanni van Bronckhorst that can be questioned.

Ferdinand is right to point out Rangers’ wingers. Kent endured a horrid evening and potentially should’ve come off earlier, while Matondo and Sakala offered far more in their limited cameos.

Van Bronckhorst also got it wrong up front. Antonio Colak is in superb form and deserved to start the game. If he was insistent on playing just one striker it had to be the Croatian.

Rangers were always going to be feeding off scraps against Liverpool’s defence, and Colak has shown a magnificent ability to take small chances and convert them to goals.

In contrast, Alfredo Morelos looked lost at times and struggled throughout to even worry the Liverpool backline. Van Bronckhorst eventually made the change, but he’ll be regretting his selection choices today.

Hopefully, Tuesday’s (4 October) lessons have been learned and will be applied when Liverpool visit Ibrox next Wednesday (12 October).

In other Rangers news, Steve McManaman slaughters Borna Barisic for what he did in the first half of Rangers vs Liverpool