London: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits his side have yet to reach the standard they set themselves last season but was relieved to open their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 victory.
Mario Balotelli's first goal for the club eight minutes from time looked to have won the game only for Ludogorets' Dani Abalo to roll in a 90th-minute equaliser for the Bulgarians.
However, captain Steven Gerrard scored an even later penalty after Javier Manquillo was fouled by 'keeper Milan Borjan to ensure Liverpool's win. "We could do no more than win tonight.
We are not at the standard we were last season, that is for sure. We are a work in progress."