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Brendan Rodgers on the win and Gerrard's stoppage-time penalty


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was delighted to get all three points from the first Champions League game of the season.

A Steven Gerrard stoppage-time penalty was the perfect way for the Anfield fans to return to Europe's most prestigious competition and the manager was delighted with the win over Ludogorets Razgrad.

"It is a great three points for us," Rodgers told Sky Sports.

"Our objective going into the game was to win the game, your home games in this competition are very important for you.

"You could see they were technically good, they are a team that is not used to losing games and they have come into it unbeaten in seven.

"They are champions of their country, so it was always going to be a difficult match."

The Northern Irishman was also full of praise for captain Steven Gerrard who kept his cool to seal the win for the Reds.

"We have seen that [late goals] so many times over the years, but I think it says everything about the club," added the manager.

"You have to play right until the end and maybe in the first six months I was here that was a game we may have drawn or even lost.

"Even with the late equaliser, coming back to get the penalty showed we were still on the front foot to try and score.

"There is no one better in the pressure situation than Steven Gerrard and it was a great penalty from him."

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