Among the numerous football followers and pundits who predicted Liverpool to hammer Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield on Tuesday was Jamie Redknapp.
Like many others, the former Liverpool midfielder felt that Brendan Rodgers’s side will make a stunning return to the Champions League when they take on the Bulgarian champions in Group B.
However, it did not exactly pan out that way, the Reds needing an injury-time penalty from captain fantastic Steven Gerrard to get the better of their opponents 2-1.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Redknapp said: ‘I did think Liverpool would blow Ludogorets away, so that was a really strange result, and Chelsea was a surprise against Schalke’.
Fair play to Redknapp. The 41-year-old admitted that his pre-match prediction about Liverpool was not entirely right - and frankly, not many would have expected Ludogorets to give Liverpool a run for their money.
Not that Liverpool would be too bothered. After all, the Merseyside outfit were the only Premier League representatives to win in the first round of the Champions League this week.
While Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Schalke at Stamford Bridge, Arsenal went down 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund in Germany and Manchester City conceded a late goal to fall 1-0 at Bayern Munich.