PHOTO: Liverpool show off their five European Cup wins with stunning Kop display

Anfield Kop

Liverpool kicked off their Champions League return tonight with a superb display on The Kop showing their five European Cup wins.

After finishing second in the Premier League last season, Liverpool made their return to the Champions League having last played in the competition in 2010. Four years away have been frustrating for Reds fans, but it makes their return so much more worthy of a good celebration.

With Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad have been Liverpool's opponents tonight, with games against Real Madrid and Basel still to come. At home in front of the Kop appeared to be the perfect place for Liverpool to kick off their Champions League campaign, and the fans weren't about to let the occasion go without something special.

Prior to the game, the fans on the famous Kop held up coloured cards to form the image of their famous five European Cup triumphs from 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 2005 to celebrate Liverpool's return to the tournament that they have had so much success in over the years.

The atmosphere hadn't pushed Liverpool on to a great performance though, with the Reds struggling to break Ludogorets down before Mario Balotelli opened the scoring in the 82nd minute. The Bulgarian side even hit the post in the second half before equalising in the 90th minute, but an injury time penalty from Steven Gerrard sealed a dramatic 2-1 win for Brendan Rodgers' side.

Teams travelling to Anfield won't be too optimistic about their chances of coming away with a result in front of the partisan Kop, who have driven Liverpool on to famous Champions League wins in recent years - though tonight may not live very long in the memory given the marginal win over a poor opponent.

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