Champions League: Liverpool F.C. Resilience Pleases Coach Brendan Rodgers

Mario Balotelli and Steven Gerrard scored as Liverpool F.C. defeated Ludogorets Razgrad 2-0 in Champions League football.

updated: September 29, 2014 12:15 IST
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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard celebrates after scoring for his team against Ludogorets Razgrad.


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers drew encouragement from his side's perseverance after they eked out a 2-1 win over Bulgarian newcomers Ludogorets Razgrad on their return to the Champions League.

The five-time champions required a stoppage-time penalty from captain Steven Gerrard to secure victory in Tuesday's Group B game, after Dani Alabo had cancelled out Mario Balotelli's 82nd-minute opener for the hosts. (Match reports: Real Madrid, Liverpool Register Wins | Borussia Dortmund beat Arsenal)

Gerrard's 93rd-minute spot-kick allowed Liverpool to mark their re-appearance in the competition after a five-year absence with victory, and despite their attacking shortcomings, Rodgers was heartened by their grit.

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