Liverpool Primed for Champions League Return

Liverpool will host Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield - the venue's first Champions League match in five years.

updated: September 15, 2014 08:22 IST
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Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (R) scores his team's second goal from a penalty during their English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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Liverpool: Champions League football will return to Anfield for the first time in five years on Tuesday when Liverpool host Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad in their opening Group B fixture.

It was December 2009 when Liverpool last played a match in Europe's elite competition, losing 2-1 at home to Fiorentina, and the only two survivors from that game in their squad are Martin Skrtel and captain Steven Gerrard. (Also read: When Liverpool crashed to Aston Villa | Rodgers promises Sterling's return)

Four years in the wilderness followed -- the legacy of finishing seventh, sixth, eighth and seventh in the Premier League -- before last season's thrilling title tilt catapulted the five-time European champions back into the big time.

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