Ludogorets v Liverpool Match Preview

Liverpool desperately need a result away to PFC Ludogorets in Wednesday night’s Champions League clash.

Both sides have lost three of their first four games in the competition and any loser would be all but out of the competition.

PFC Ludogorets have competed well in their first Champions League campaign and beat FC Basel in their last home game.

The Bulgarian side were thrashed 4-0 away to the Swiss side in the reverse fixture, making their fixture with Liverpool all the more important.

Liverpool themselves lost a double header to Real Madrid, going down 3-0 at Anfield with Karim Benzema scoring twice.

Benzema was the match winner in the reverse fixture, scoring the only goal at the Bernabeu in a closer game.

Liverpool’s domestic form has also been poor, claiming just one point from their last four games, losing 3-1 at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

When the pair met earlier in the competition, Liverpool won 2-1 at home, thanks to a last minute Steven Gerrard penalty.

The other fixture in the group see’s already qualified Real Madrid attempt to secure top spot away to FC Basel.

Team news
Yorden Minev was suspended for the trip to face FC Basel, although will return for Wednesday’s home game with the English side.

Dani Abalo scored a late equaliser in the reverse fixture, before Gerrard’s winner and will start this game having been a substitute at Anfield.

Mario Balotelli missed the loss at Crystal Palace, however could be fit to lead the line in the Champions League.

Emre Can looks set to partner Steven Gerrard in central midfield and has been solid since his move from Bayer Leverkusen.

The trio of Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana are likely to feature, with Liverpool in need of a win.

Ludogorets: Stoyanov, Minev, Moti, Terziev, Caicara, Alexnadrov, Espinho, Abalo, Dyakob, Marcelinho, Bezjak
Liverpool: Mignolet; Johnson, Lovren, Skrtel, Moreno; Can, Gerrard; Sterling, Coutinho, Lallana; Balotelli

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