By George Overhill

10th Oct, 2022 | 5:10pm

Rangers opportunity as Liverpool lose Trent Alexander-Arnold and Luis Diaz to injury in Arsenal loss

Liverpool look set to be without two more key players for their trip to Ibrox to face Rangers in the Champions League following their loss to Arsenal.

Jurgen Klopp’s side beat the Gers 2-0 at Anfield last week (4 October), but were defeated 3-2 at the Emirates on Sunday (9 October) in a game where both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Luis Diaz were withdraw with injury.

According to injury analyst Ben Dinnery and Premier Injuries both have been ruled out of the second game against Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side on Wednesday (12 October).

Colombian attacker Diaz has a knee problem which requires scans to understand the severity, while the English full-back, who scored a free-kick past Allan McGregor in the previous game, has an ankle injury which has caused too much pain and swelling to assess yet.

They join Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlaine and Arthur in missing the trip to Glasgow, while Scotland captain Andy Robertson and young midfielder Curtis Jones have just a 25% chance of featuring.

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Rangers had a far smoother weekend, triumphing 4-0 over St Mirren at Ibrox, but have their own long-term absentees in John Souttar, Ianis Hagi, Filip Helander and Tom Lawrence.

Kemar Roofe is nearing a return to action but wasn’t included in the European squad so won’t feature, but with the goal-scoring form Antonio Colak is currently in that isn’t so much of a worry.

Facing Liverpool is hardly going to be a walk in the park whatever the situation but amid injury and form worries on Merseyside this might be as good a time as any to play them.

Having returned to the Champions League at such long last, the fans need something to cheer about from what has been a dispiriting European campaign so far.

A point, or at least a goal or two, would be a start against the Premier League side, as it would be a major disappointment to slip out of the competition with a whimper after all this time.

The Bears disappointed at Anfield, where McGregor was the only thing that kept the score below the previous two defeats to Ajax and Napoli, so an improvement will be needed this week, and a couple of factors to help with that have been thrown up by the weekend’s events.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton caused quite a reaction in the BT Sport studio as he commented on the penalty award vs St Mirren.