Liverpool – Liverpool have struggled to beat Ludogorets Razgard the opening match of Group B of the Champions League at Anfield on Wednesday morning (09.17.14) pm.
Liverpool ended the match with a score of 2-1. Created a new opening goal in the 82nd minute by Mario Balotelli. Razgard equalized in the first minute of extra time and Liverpool regained the lead through Steven Gerrard penalty two minutes later, a penalty which provoked controversy.
Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, could not hide his relief over the end result is a tight match. This game also marks the return of the Reds after a four year absence in the Champions League.
“It was a great night for everyone at the club after five years. To achieve this result was extraordinary way, they showed great character to keep trying, “Rodgers said as quoted by the BBC.
“It was a penalty, you can see from their reaction (Razgard players),” he defended the referee‘s decision on the controversy in the final minute.
Rodgers did not forget to praise his new striker, Mario Balotelli, who scored his first goal for Liverpool after three times a game.
“It was an incredible final settlement of Mario Balotelli. I told him to be in the penalty area more often, it is a world class final settlement, “the 41-year-old coach explained.
However, Rodgers acknowledged that the Reds have not reached the best performance. Luckily there is Steven Gerrard, who is able to perform brilliantly until the final minutes.
“We showed signs of panic, we are not at the level where we were last year, it will be achieved over time. There’s nothing better in stressful situations than Steven Gerrard, “he said.