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Rangers may have been tonked by Liverpool in the Champions League but six of their players can take heart from the fact they’re apparently good enough to make a combined XI of the two sides.

Liverpool put their domestic frustrations away for the evening on Tuesday as they stuck six second half goals past Rangers to give them a real battering.

Whilst very few people would have expected a six goal margin, it’s not a huge surprise that Liverpool were better than Rangers, even with their recent poor form.

The Premier League runners up were pretty comfortable winners in the home game the previous week, beating the Scots 2-0, thanks in part to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free kick.

However, despite that result, ahead of the reverse fixture former Rangers player Alan Hutton was asked to name a combined XI of the two teams.

The former full back obviously couldn’t stop his bias getting in the way and missed Alisson, Alexander-Arnold and Firmino out of his team, along with others, somehow picking six Rangers players, and therefore only five from Liverpool.

Hutton’s combined XI. Credit: Football Insider/@footyinsider247Allan McGregor was picked over Alisson, whilst James Tavernier got in ahead of Alexander-Arnold, Borna Barisic was picked on the left of defence, with Liverpool being represented by Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip in the centre of defence.

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

Upfront, Klopp’s side don’t have a single representative with Alfredo Morelos and Antonio Colak leading the line, rather than the likes of Firmino and Darwin Nunez.

It’s quite incredible, in form or not, that Hutton reckons a team who couldn’t even win the Scottish Premiership last season should make up more of the team that the side who were two wins away from an incredible quadruple.

Not sure that many Rangers players should be getting in the team. Image: AlamyScottish teams in the Champions League have taken a real battering both on and off the pitch this week, following losses for Rangers and their fierce rivals Celtic.

Ange Postecoglou’s side weren’t on the end of the kind of bashing that their Glasgow neighbours were, having lost 2-0 to RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.

That loss prompted former Chelsea player Jason Cundy to claim that they were embarrassing themselves in Europe, having lost three and drawn one of their group games.

It sounded like Cundy’s biggest issue was that they’d let Timo Werner score, which might have just been his annoyance the forward never did the same for the Blues.

With two match days left of the group stage of the Champions League, both teams look to be headed for a European exit, with even dropping into the Europa League looking unlikely.