Photo: Steven Gerrard relishing Liverpool’s Champions League return
Captain Steven Gerrard is relishing Liverpool's return to the Champions League this week
Steven Gerrard was getting to grips with Liverpool’s return to the Champions League as the Reds geared up for Tuesday night’s clash at Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers’ side kick off their Group B campaign against Ludogorets Razgrad as they make their return to Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in five years.
And captain Gerrard posted the picture above on Instagram on Monday, along with the message: “Nice to have the champions league balls back #adidas”
Reds boss Rodgers is looking forward to a “special” clash on Tuesday.
“Tomorrow night will be extremely special – because it’s in the Champions League and because it’s here at Anfield,” said Rodgers.
“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 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.