Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino left out of Liverpool and Rangers combined XI

Rangers may have been boosted by Liverpool in the Champions League, but six of their players can enjoy the fact that they are obviously good enough to make a combined XI for the two teams.

Liverpool put their domestic frustrations aside for Tuesday night as they hammered six second-half goals past Rangers to give them a real blow.

While very few people would have expected a six-goal margin, it’s no surprise that Liverpool were better than Rangers, even with their recent poor run of form.

However, despite this result, ahead of the reverse fixture, former Rangers player Alan Hutton was asked to name a combined line-up of the two teams.

The former full-back obviously couldn’t stop his bias and left Alisson, Alexander-Arnold and Firmino out of his squad, along with others, somehow picking six Rangers players, and thus only five from Liverpool.

Hutton’s combined XI. Credit: Football Insider/@footyinsider247

Allan McGregor was selected by Alisson, while James Tavernier went ahead of Alexander-Arnold, Borna Barisic was selected on the left of defence, with Liverpool represented by Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip in central defence.

Liverpool dominate midfield at least, with Salah on the right and Jordan Henderson and Thiago in the middle, yet Ryan Kent is then selected on the left.

Up front, Klopp’s side are without a single representative with Alfredo Morelos and Antonio Kolac leading the way, instead of Firmino and Darwin Nunez.

It’s incredible, fit or not, that Hutton reckons a team that couldn’t even win the Scottish Championship last season should be more of a team than the team that was two wins away from an incredible quadruple.

I'm not sure many Rangers players should make the squad.  Image: Alamy
I’m not sure many Rangers players should make the squad. Image: Alamy

Scotland’s Champions League sides have been dealt a real blow both on and off the pitch this week, following defeats to Rangers and bitter rivals Celtic.

Ange Postecoglou’s side were not on the receiving end of the kind of eyeballs their neighbors in Glasgow had after they were beaten 2-0 by RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.

It seemed as though Cadi’s biggest problem was letting Timo Werner score, which may have just been his annoyance that the forward never did the same for the Blues.

With two match days remaining in the Champions League group stage, both teams look set for an exit in Europe, with even relegation to the Europa League looking unlikely.

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