Last season’s beaten finalists represent solid competition for a Rangers side yet to register a single goal never mind a point in their first foray into Europe’s elite competition for 12 years.
But after a two-week breather for the international break the Gers will have their sights set on an upset on Merseyside and they may well take inspiration from the Seagulls.
Belgian international winger Leandro Trossard had new Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi in dreamland on his debut with the club by scoring twice to put the south coast club 2-0 up at Anfield.
But after a typically Liverpool turnaround to make it 3-2 – with Roberto Firmino nabbing a brace before Adam Webster scored an own goal – the winger came to the rescue for Brighton and nabbed a hattrick in the process.
Leandro Trossard nets Liverpool hattrick for Brighton
Signed for a reported £18m from KRC Genk in 2019, Leandro Trossard has been a big part of Brighton’s impressive development in the Premier League.
The winger showed trademark composure to roll the ball away from a panicked Liverpool defence and fire home low past Alisson for the opener.
The busy attacker then showed good movement to find himself in position for the second as the leaky Liverpool defence continued to sleep on Premier League duties.
And for the final strike, Leandro Trossard found himself unmarked at the back post and hooked it over a scrambling Alisson as Liverpool’s defensive frailties were once again exposed.
The Anfield defence struggled to pick up Trossard all day long and Rangers will be watching how the Belgian managed to breach the Liverpool defence closely ahead of the Anfield clash.
Of course, Liverpool showed their class to get back into the game but it is fair to say Jurgen Klopp’s side haven’t hit top form yet this season.
This was the club’s fourth draw in seven Premier League matches this season, with their two victories seeing them sit in 8th with a game in hand on most of the opposition.
Liverpool also lost their opening Champions League clash against Napoli 4-0 in Italy, whilst they defeated Ajax 2-1 in the final round of European fixtures before the international break.
Meanwhile, heading into the Liverpool game, Rangers sent Celtic a title message by rising to the pressure against Hearts.