Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool’s Champions league return ‘special’
Brendan Rodgers admits that it will be an "extremely special" night when Liverpool make their Champions League return
Brendan Rodgers admits that it will be an “extremely special” occasion when Liverpool line up against Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The Reds kick off their Group B campaign at Anfield as they make their return to Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in five years.
And Rodgers, whose side finished second in the Premier League last season, is relishing what he is expecting to be a very special night.
“We’ve earned the right to be here. We’ve worked very hard in the last couple of years and now we have to keep improving, we have to keep sustaining our performance level and we have to improve on our performance level.
“It will be special. I remember my first game as the manager of this club. It’s probably one of the only games I’ve kept the shirt from, which was the first game in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League [against Gomel in Belarus]. It was a very special moment because it was my first competitive game.
“Tomorrow night will be extremely special – because it’s in the Champions League and because it’s here at Anfield.
“Every day is a huge privilege for me to manage at Liverpool and tomorrow night will be exactly that.”
Liverpool v Ludogorets Razgrad: Pre-match facts
• The Reds’ overall record against teams from Bulgaria is six wins and two losses.
• Liverpool are in the group stage for the ninth time. In their eight previous campaigns they failed to advance from this stage only twice (2002-03 and 2009-10). In total, this is the 19th season of European Cup football for the Anfield club.
• Liverpool last faced Bulgarian opposition in the 2005/06 third qualifying round when they won 3-1 at PFC CSKA Sofia in the first leg, then lost 1-0 at Anfield in the return.
• Ludogorets have played in Liverpool once before, drawing 1-1 with Everton in a pre-season friendly behind closed doors at Goodison Park in August 2012.