Liverpool beat Ludogorets 2-1 on Tuesday evening and here is the story of the match in pictures.
Liverpool left it very late before securing a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Ludogorets Razgrad on Tuesday evening.
Proving emphatically that there is no such thing as an easy match in the Champions League these days, Brendan Rodgers’ side struggled to break down their Bulgarian opponents.
Just seven of Liverpool’s 23 goal-scoring attempts were on target and they were almost made to pay for their wastefulness when Dani Abalo cancelled out Mario Balotelli’s goal with just minutes to go.
An injury-time Steven Gerrard penalty ensured the Reds started their European campaign with a victory, but with Real Madrid and FC Basel up next they are going to need to play a lot better than this if they want to reach the knockout stages.
As is so often the case, Gerrard proved the saviour for his side, but they can count themselves lucky that they were not on the wrong end of a truly surprise result.
Below is a selection of images from Tuesday’s match: