Rangers boss Van Bronckhorst shares theory on Liverpool drubbing as European woes continue

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Rangers manager Giovani van Bronckhorst has given his version of events after Liverpool ran riot at Ibrox on Wednesday evening. After a solid start, the Scottish side were overrun in the second half as Jurgen Klopp’s side head south of the border with a morale-boosting 7-1 victory. 

“It was a very disappointing result,” he told BT Sport. “We were playing well in the first half. The second goal came out of their strength, they are so fast in transition and we got caught a couple of times. I think we created some good chances but the further the game went, the more we kept playing short. 

“We had to play it more directly which would have given us the chance to score goals. Just as we were about to put three strikers on to get something out of the game, it went really quickly. We conceded too many easy goals and the game went so fast after that. 

“You want the start we had today but the first set-piece went in. In the second half it was too easy. After 3-1 we tried to push but you could see we were struggling because they upped the tempo – that’s why we conceded so many goals. 

“If you see the changes they can make in the end. They have quality players coming on but we knew that. We knew we had to be focused throughout the game and we didn’t. I’m not thinking about the Champions League group, just processing this defeat and that’s all I’m thinking about at the moment.”

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