Liverpool morning news, Rodgers stresses side are work in progress, Balotelli praise

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A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday morning after their Champions League win over Ludogorets.

Liverpool got off to a winning start in their Champions League campaign, overcoming Bulgarian champions Ludogorets 2-1 at Anfield in Group B.

Mario Balotelli got his first Liverpool goal, but the Reds threatened to throw away an opening win when the visitors equalised in stoppage time through Dani Abalo, only for the Reds to be awarded a penalty soon after, which Steven Gerrard converted.

Manager Brendan Rodgers stressed the importance of the side winning their home games, and that there is still room for improvement.

He told reporters: "What's important in the competition is if you can win your home games and pick up points away from home, it gives you a great chance to qualify.

"We can do no more than win tonight. We're not at a standard that we were last season; we've got a lot of adaptation going on with new players coming in, and even though they fit the profile of how we work, it's still a new team.

"We're still a work in progress but while we do that, it's important that we can win games. To win in the Champions League is always good."

In particular, Rodgers praised Balotelli who got off the mark for the Reds on only his third appearance for the club when he opened the scoring.

The Liverpool boss said: "It was wonderful technique with the outside of his foot. It'll give him a whole load of confidence.

"On top of that I thought he worked very hard tonight - he worked and was pressing. He's still adapting and still trying to get fit because he's been behind the others in pre-season."

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