Aldridge: two new signings disappointed against Villa, vital Reds start well in Europe

The Reds' legend was disappointed with Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic against Aston Villa, and hopes Anfield rocks from the start of their European campaign..

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has said it's vital that the side bounces back from the weekend's disappointing defeat to Aston Villa by hitting the ground running in the Champions League tonight with a win over Ludogorets.

Aldridge said that the football needs to be quicker and that European nights need to 'truly explode' right from the off, even if the glamour tie of Real Madrid isn't until Matchday three.

He wrote in his Liverpool Echo and Post column: "There were far too many sideways passes and not enough movement up front. I know the service to Mario Balotelli wasn’t great but he has to move more and show more desire.

"Too many players didn’t seem to want the ball and Lazar Markovic was the most disappointing.

"Everyone needs a lift after the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat to Aston Villa and the fans can help provide that by ensuring Anfield is rocking.

"We can’t just wait for Real Madrid to arrive for it to truly explode. We need the atmosphere to be turned right up from the start."

Liverpool will be glad to have the opportunity to get the defeat to Aston Villa out of their system just three days later. Changes to the side will be made with Raheem Sterling returning, and Lazar Markovic dropping out. Whether there will be many more changes remains to be seen.

The Reds will be hoping to start the game quickly like they did on so many occasions in the Premier League last season in order to build up a head of steam, and try to blow away the Bulgarian Champions by getting off to a winning start.

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