Ludogorets 2 Liverpool 2: We showed great resilience, says Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool's point in Bulgaria will provide a 'real confidence boost'
Brendan Rodgers praised Liverpool’s “wonderful resilience” despite Ludogorets striking late to salvage a draw with the Reds.
The Merseyside outfit fell behind in the third minute when Ludogorets forward Dani Abalo capitalised on Simon Mignolet’s error.
This is a real confidence boost for us
However, Rickie Lambert scored his second Liverpool goal to level before Jordan Henderson put the Reds in front in Bulgaria.
But Rodgers’s side, who had lost their last four games in all competitions, couldn’t hold on, which means Liverpool require victory over Basel to qualify for last 16.
“We showed wonderful resilience and scored two good goals,” Rodgers said.
“I picked players I know what they are capable of. In time the new players will adapt to how we work. This is a real confidence boost for us, because Ludogorets are a really difficult team to play against.”
Rodgers continued: “”To go a goal behind so early on you really need a team that is together and I think the character of the team came out.
“We spoke before the game that this needs to be the night to change our season and for that we needed to show the character in our team. We are disappointed with the goal we conceded in the end but is irrelevant, we need to beat Basel in the final game.”
The Liverpool manager explained his decision to replace 19-year-old forward Raheem Sterling with six minutes remaining.
“Raheem had a saw tummy. He was buckled over in pain for about six minutes and needed to come off,” Rodgers added.