Ludogorets draw 2-2 with Liverpool

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In a very tight encounter, it took Dani Abalo three minutes to put the hosts ahead and create further fear for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

However, Rickie Lambert struck back with his first ever Champions League goal five minutes later before Jordan Henderson gave Liverpool the lead in the 37th minute, after good work from a revitalised Raheem Sterling.

The visitors looked to be heading for all three points but up popped Georgi Terziev to level for the home side two minutes from time. Luckily for Liverpool and more than 2,000 travelling fans, Basel were unable to score against Real Madrid and a victory against the Swiss side at Anfield on Matchday 6 will see them through.

It was an open game, and surprisingly it was the home side that had the majority of the early chances with Virgil Misidjan in particular causing Liverpool problems down the left-hand side.

Ludogorets paid no attention to their competitor’s European pedigree and captain Steven Gerrard was positioned at the tip of the diamond as Rodgers sent his team out looking for a win.

Being only the second Bulgarian team in history to make it to the Champions League, the home side had nothing to lose and they played some good football in front of their fans. It is not too much to say they could have beaten the Premier League team as they had the better of the early chances before Henderson latched onto Sterling’s cross.

Glen Johnson started at left-back as he did against Crystal Palace and along with Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet, he showed why Liverpool’s defence is such a concern for many. And the Bulgarians took full advantage of that as they collected four corners before the visitors even had their first.

The Reds still haven’t won a game this month and many will doubt if they can get a result when Basel visit Anfield in December on Matchday 6.

They have to win against the Swiss if they are to progress to the knock-out stages of Europe’s top competition. If they do not, they will face competing in the Europa League which many will see as failure.