'Too direct, too naive' - Balague critical of Liverpool win

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European football pundit Guillem Balague has criticised the nature of Liverpool's win against Ludogorets.

Guillem Balague has suggested that Bulgarian side Ludogorets gave Liverpool a reality check in the Champions League last night.

The Reds ran out 2-1 winners on the night thanks to Mario Balotelli’s first goal for the club and a Steven Gerrard penalty, which allowed the side to match Real Madrid’s winning start in Group B.

Balague, an experienced pundit when it comes to European football, suggests there were too many inconsistencies in Liverpool’s game, which could well have been exploited by a better team.

Anfield was a cauldron of noise as European nights returned but Balague has accused the side of being naïve and playing to the atmosphere rather than concentrating on making the evening more comfortable for themselves on the pitch.

Liverpool now face a trip to FC Basel before they host the reigning European champions at Anfield. The performances should become a lot more rounded but as long as the wins accumulate, Brendan Rodgers won’t be too bothered.

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