Jurgen Klopp reaction: ‘When we are on it we are a really good football team’ as Mo Salah makes Champions League history at Rangers

Jurgen Klopp Rangers v Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp got to see some of the old Liverpool as his side made a mockery of the ‘Battle of Britain’ tag in Glasgow by crushing Rangers 7-1 in the Champions League on a special night for Mo Salah.

Substitute Salah grabbed the fastest hat-trick in Champions League history as the Reds completed a double over the beleagured Light Blues at a packed Ibrox.

Klopp’s side had cantered to a 2-0 win over a tentative Gers side at Anfield last Tuesday. However, there was initially more fight about the Gers this time and they took the lead in the 17th minute with a Scott Arfield drive.

Last season’s finalists responded seven minutes later when Brazilian attacker Roberto Firmino headed in from a corner before grabbing a second in the 55th minute as the visitors’ superior quality came to the fore.

Striker Darwin Nunez added a third with a fine finish in the 66th minute before Salah grabbed three goals in six minutes and 12 seconds with Harvey Elliott notching as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side crumbled.

Liverpool are now six points clear of Ajax and three behind leaders Napoli with two fixtures remaining.

Speaking after the game, Klopp told BT Sport: “We had a really positive half-time talk. We wanted more in the second half. Clearly, it worked out.

“Special, particularly Mo [Salah]. Very important how we adapted to the positions, to the line-up.

Starters step up in Liverpool rout

“Everyone who started tonight played really well – Fabio [Carvalho] and Harvey [Elliott], really good. It’s the best we could have asked for. I’m really pleased.

“I really think the first half prepared the second half. When we are on it, we can be a really good football team.

“We built on the good things from the first half, we kept them moving and obviously they had to change the centre-half.

“The goals we scored were exceptional. it’s a night where things worked out for us. It changes the mood definitely, and that’s good.

“We all know who is coming on Sunday (Manchester City). That will be different, but it’s better to go in with the feeling from tonight.”

Virgil van Dijk added on BT Sport: “It’s not a bad thing winning 7-1 here.

“From the outside everyone expected us to win but we take it a game at a time. We know we’re in a tough period.”

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