Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that his side’s 2-1 over Bulgarian side Ludogorets in their UEFA Champions’ League Group B opener is a vital win.
“It is a competition that is about winning, and winning games. And sometimes you’ll play well and maybe not get a result, but for us it was very important to be back in the competition. It was always going to be a tricky tie for us because they are champions of their country and there are not too many bad teams in this competition. Technically, they were very good and we had to show patience,” he said.
“Obviously Mario gets a great goal, but I’m disappointed with the equaliser, as the team are – we’ve got to see that out. But we showed the resilience and the character that’s in this group, and roared on by the supporters it was great for us. It’s a brilliant victory for us in terms of the points and the character. This is a tournament which is about winning games – and we’ve won our first game.”
“We could do no more than win tonight. We’re not at a standard we were last season, that’s for sure. We’ve got a lot of adaptation going on with new players coming in. They fit the profile of how we work but we’re still a new team, still a work in progress. Once we do that, it is important that we can win games and win in the Champions League.”