Gerrard ensures Liverpool edge Ludogorets | September 16, 2014

Balotelli gives Liverpool the lead late on as the Italian fires the ball past a sprawling Borjan

Balotelli gives Liverpool the lead late on as the Italian fires the ball past a sprawling Borjan

LFC captain Steven Gerrard keeps his cool to slot home an injury-time penalty to give the Reds lead

LFC captain Steven Gerrard keeps his cool to slot home an injury-time penalty to give the Reds lead

•Steven Gerrard converts a penalty deep in added time to secure the Group B points
• Dani Abalo had only just equalised for the impressive Bulgarian debutants
• Mario Balotelli hit what seemed to be the winner eight minutes from the end

Liverpool FC’s return to the UEFA Champions League after five years away ended in victory – but only just after a tremendous fight by tournament debutants PFC Ludogorets Razgrad.

Moreno played a high ball into Balotelli and he turned between two green shirts before finding the far corner of the Kop net. Borjan’s flying stop repelled another Balotelli attempt yet it was in stoppage time that the real drama arrived.

Dani Abalo was played through by fellow substitute Younes Hamza and he confidently rounded Simon Mignolet and slotted in to secure what seemed a memorable draw. But then Borjan brought down Manquillo after miscontrolling a back-pass and Steven Gerrard, naturally, made no mistake from the spot.

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