• Liverpool thrashed Rangers 7-1 in their UCL meeting
  • Roberto Firmino scored a brace against Rangers
  • The Reds will host Man City in the league Sunday

Roberto Firmino is now only behind Erling Haaland in the list of goals contribution for Premier League clubs in all competitions this season.

While Liverpool FC are having a roller-coaster campaign, Brazilian forward Firmino is having a productive run personally in the 2022-23 season. Firmino once again rescued the Reds when they took on Rangers FC in the Champions League on Wednesday.

After Scott Arfield gave Rangers an early lead with their first group goal, Firmino headed a Kostas Tsimikas corner from six yards into the net. Ten minutes into the second half, Firmino received a near-perfect pass from center-back Joe Gomez and steered the ball through Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor's legs.

The goals in Glasgow were Firmino's seventh and eighth strikes of the 2022-23 season for Liverpool. The 31-year-old forward also set up Darwin Nunez's goal against Rangers and took his assists tally to four.

Only Manchester City's Haaland (23 – 20 goals and 3 assists) has more goal involvement for a Premier League club in the ongoing campaign than Liverpool's Firmino (12 – 8 goals and 4 assists).

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring against Benfica
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has been in great form this season AFP / Paul ELLIS

Meanwhile, Mohamad Salah came off the bench at Ibrox Stadium and netted the quickest hat-trick in the history of the Champions League. The Egyptian King left the hosts crushed as he netted three goals in his first 13 minutes on the pitch and made it 6-1. Harvey Elliot was awarded the seventh goal after a VAR check.

The three goals against Rangers mean even Salah has been involved in 12 goals for Liverpool, just like Firmino.

Meanwhile, Diogo Jota assisted all three goals of Salah and became the first player to set up a teammate's hat-trick in the Champions League since 2012. Franck Ribéry assisted three Mario Gomez strikes for Bayern against Basel in March 2012, according to Opta Joe.

Liverpool went into the Rangers match on the back of a disappointing 3-2 defeat against Arsenal in the Premier League. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted that the thumping victory in Glasgow has set the mood right for their upcoming big clash with Manchester City.

The Reds are scheduled to host Pep Guardiola's side in the Premier League on Sunday. While City are yet to lose a league game and are placed second in the table, Klopp and Co. have secured just two wins from eight games and are in the 10th spot.

"It changed the mood, definitely. It is completely different. We usually drink a beer after away games, but it is that long ago that I drank beer and I probably will be drunk after one! Yes, it changes the mood completely and that's good, but we all know who we are welcoming [to Anfield] on Sunday and this will be a different game, we know that. It is better to go into a game with the feeling we've got tonight than any other," Klopp told reporters Wednesday.