Who would have thought PFC Ludogorets Razgrad v Liverpool would be such a vital game in the Champions League for Brendan Rodgers.
They came into the tie with an awful form as they've lost 4 games on the bounce. The Merseyside club were a goal down just after three minutes after Dani Abalo found the net. It was Dani Abalo's second goal against Liverpool but summer signing Rickie Lambert cancelled out the goal with a sublime finish in the eighth minute, while Jordan Henderson gave Brendan Rodgers' side the lead in the 37th minute making it 2-1.
Liverpool weren’t able to keep the ball for most of the second half as Ludogorets' Georgi Terziev levelled up [2-2] in the 88th minute but the Liverpool boss was happy with the result as he praised the character of his team when speaking to Sky Sports.
"The team showed wonderful character tonight. To go a goal behind in this competition so early on; you really need a team that’s together and has a spirit and I think the characterisation of the team has really come out,” Rodgers said.
It has been a tough season for the Northern Irishman and his team, with Daniel Sturridge injured, below performances of his side which were close to winning the Premier League last season and Brendan Rodgers reckons winning their last clash v Basel at Anfield would be the very game that puts them through to the Champions League knock-out stages.
He continued: "We are obviously disappointed with the goal at the end but it’s irrelevant, we need to win the last game against Basel. And I think at the start of the competition, we would have looked at that as the game that would have seen us through."
“The best competitors have strong mental attitudes, and we haven’t competed well enough in the games we have lost. We have to get back to the standards we have set. Tonight is a good start for us. We need to recover and take that into the Premier League,” Rodgers added.
Liverpool have to win their match against Basel, anything less will see them make it into the Europa League.