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Summary

  1. Mignolet at fault for Ludogorets opener
  2. Reds need to beat Basel in final game
  3. Basel defeated by Real Madrid on Wednesday
  4. Midweek Final Score with 5 live reaction - press play button

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Ok then, time to bring our coverage of the game to an end. Liverpool live to fight another day, with everything set up for a superb encounter between the Reds and Basel in their final Group B game next month.

I'll leave you with

the report from tonight's game and watch out for further reaction later this evening. Cheers.

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool

Mark Lawrenson, former Liverpool defender, on BBC 5 live

On whether Liverpool will stick by Brendan Rodgers: "I don't think there's any doubt about that.

"It's got even more knee-jerk. You lose a game, you're an idiot, you win and you're an absolute hero. I don't think there's any great clamour from the owners to get rid of him. This is his time, when you're not winning games, for him to show what he can do as a manager.

"I think the time to judge Liverpool will be when they have Daniel Sturridge back and he has been back for six to 10 matches."

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool

It is a sign of how disappointing this season has been that Brendan Rodgers was in pretty positive mood about a draw with Ludogrets, but you sense the players are firmly behind him.

He said that this was the game that could change their season, but will that now be the crucial fixture against Basel on 9 December at Anfield? Massive game.

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Kieran Blair Friel: LFC fans calling for Rodgers are delusional, he has taken us from nowhere to being one win away from the last 16. Keep the faith.

Lfcway: For a manager who achieved so much last season, give the guy some respect. Premature to say Rodgers has to go.

Bradders: The problem with Liverpool is not the manager. LFC players are not up to scratch. Need change, especially goalie.

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool

Mark Lawrenson, former Liverpool defender, on BBC 5 live

On Mario Balotelli: "If you don't get the ball into him, he turns around and gesticulates. You can't do that. You can't demean your team-mates.

"I don't think you will ever turn him into the player a lot of people think he can be. He's just a show pony."

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool

Rickie Lambert
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Rickie Lambert had one shot all game and it resulted in a goal. He has scored in League Two, League One, Championship, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and now Champions League. Four years ago he was scoring in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

It has been said and said again, but what a rise - should he now keep Mario Baloltelli out of the team?

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Jim in Wimbledon: I think people are being a bit harsh on Liverpool. Real Madrid, who won this competition last year, only beat Ludogorets 2-1. Liverpool were disappointing to concede so late on but an away draw isn't all doom and gloom.

Conor McCrisken in Belfast: Tonight proved Steven Gerrard's days are numbered. In a more defensive role he has been average this season. Pushed further forward tonight and he was even worse. Rodgers needs to man up and drop the captain. His job depends on it.

Macca in great Yarmouth: Rodgers has to go. It just proves at the moment Luis Suarez got them into this competition and nearly won them the league last season.

Manager reaction

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool

More from Brendan Rodgers: "We showed wonderful resilience and scored two good goals.

"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."

On taking off Raheem Sterling towards the end: "Raheem had a sore tummy. He was buckled over in pain for about six minutes and needed to come off."

Manager reaction

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, speaking to Sky Sports: "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."

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool

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The Liverpool area was a sea of red in the final few minutes but still they could not prevent Ludogorets heading home an equaliser from a corner.

Liverpool lost to Basel in the Champions League earlier this season courtesy of a goal scored from a set piece. Pretty clear where Brendan's priorities lie on the training pitch over the next fortnight...

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool

Mark Lawrenson, former Liverpool defender, on BBC 5 live

"Tonight, Liverpool got to 2-1 and there was almost a fear that spread through the team 'we have to protect what we've got'.

"Even Brendan Rodgers started to panic a bit, bringing on Moreno for Sterling. You're saying to the players 'just hold on'. It's clearly not right at the moment but this has to be seen as a step forward for them.

"The Basel game is now a massive game. We know it'll be a fantastic night in terms of atmosphere. We always thought the Basel game would be the big one. What kind of form they'll be in, who knows?"

Player reaction

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert, who scored his first Champions League goal, tells Sky Sports: "It was my first start in the Champions League and it was good to score. We are devastated about the goal at the end but it was about the performance today - win, lose or draw - and the performance was better.

"We have answered some of our critics about Sunday against Crystal Palace. It was about the win and we almost got it. Now we have to go for an even better performance on Saturday."

Rickie Lambert celebrates for Liverpool
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Player reaction

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool

Liverpool scorer Jordan Henderson, speaking to Sky Sports: "We knew it would be a tough game, they are a very good team technically but we showed great character to stay in the game, we looked dangerous on the counter and were more solid tonight but disappointed to concede late on.

"Bravery is about getting on the ball as well - having the confidence to do that when you are a goal down and I felt we did that. There were a lot of positives tonight but we still have a long way to go to get where we want to be."

Liverpool goalscorer Jordan Henderson celebrates
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Dave Fassam: Shameful is the only way to describe that Liverpool performance! No urgency, no inventiveness, NO DESIRE! An absolute disgrace.

Joel_Ubuntu: Dear Brendan, I think it's time we part ways, we've had enough of you, you don't seem to get it right anymore.

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And it is good for Liverpool...

Ronaldo
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Some good news for Liverpool fans, Real Madrid have sealed a 1-0 win in Basel courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo's goal to mean that the Reds only need to beat the Swiss side at Anfield to go through from Group B.

Carlos Tevez wrapped up victory for Juventus in Malmo with a comfortable finish after breaching the offside trap. The Italians are in pole position to qualify from Group A with Atletico Madrid who completed a comfortable passage into the knockout stages with a 4-0 win over Olympiakos.

Meanwhile Monaco beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 in Group C while Anderlecht's 2-0 victory over Galatasaray has become academic in Group D with both Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund qualifying.

Arsenal into the last 16

While Liverpool must wait another round to know their Champions League fate, Arsenal are through to the knockout stage once again. They have beaten Borussia Dortmund 2-0 and even Yaya Sanogo got on the scoresheet. Great night all round.

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Ben Phillips: How is this team expected to win against Basel in such a winner takes all game.

Robert Saunders: Can anyone think of a team that has deteriorated as quickly and dramatically as Liverpool have in six months?

FULL-TIME

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool

That's it, and a disappointing result for Liverpool, although it does not affect their qualification chances as things stand.

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool

Lierpool
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This is how the group looks as things stand. A win for Liverpool against Basel in the final game will secure second. Ludogorets, though, are the team in the ascendency at the moment.

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool

Mark Lawrenson

Football Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 live

"Liverpool tried to protect the lead but as we know defensively they are not capable of doing so."

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool

Three minutes of added time. Can Liverpool regain the lead?

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
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Football social

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What have you made of this evening's action?

Have Liverpool turned a corner (not sure about that)? Brendan Rodgers said that the season starts tonight - has it?

And talking of the start of great things, with Yaya Sanogo scoring his first goal for Arsenal, do you expect to see him regularly? Or at the very least, has he justified his selection?

Have your say on the 5 live Football Social from 10pm on http://bbc.co.uk/5live. Text 85058 or Call 0500 909 693.

The phones lines are open now - and Mark Pougatch wants to hear from you.

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Kevin Macdonagh: Why oh why isn't Lucas starting in the Premier League? Offers so much more protection to the defence.

Kuni Poonasamy: Take Johnson off before he costs us the game. Let Coutinho or Lallana on for Sterling fresh legs to run at the defence.

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John: Liverpool are a team with zero confidence at the moment. Their defensive line dropped deeper and deeper the longer the game went on and in the end their nervousness and lack of defensive organisation or confidence has shown. This side is unrecognisable from the free-flowing attacking team of six months ago.

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool

This doesn't change things in terms of Liverpool needing to beat Basel in the final group game, but they will be hoping Real Madrid can hang on to their 1-0 advantage over the Swiss side in tonight's other Group B game.

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Chris Parker: Well that had been coming...

GOAL

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool - Georgi Terziev

Well, this has been coming. Liverpool have been stuck firmly inside their own half and they are punished as Georgi Terziev powers home a header from a corner.

Georgi Terziev equalises late on for Ludogorets
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Ludogorets 1-2 Liverpool

Mark Lawrenson

Former Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 live

"Deeper and deeper Liverpool go."

SUBSTITUTION

Ludogorets 1-2 Liverpool

That's it for Raheem Sterling as Brendan Rodgers takes off the tiring forward and replaces him with Alberto Moreno.

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Douglas McMahon: Kolo Toure - like watching a clown wandering through a mine field.

EPM: Another Liverpool match, another night hiding behind the sofa.

Maria James: I can smell a Ludogorets equalisers. Liverpool need to get this done and dusted.

CLOSE!

Ludogorets 1-2 Liverpool

A good chance for Liverpool to put this game to bed as Steven Gerrard sends Raheem Sterling away, but the forward definitely does not look like himself as his low shot is straight at the Ludogorets keeper.

SUBSTITUTION

Ludogorets 1-2 Liverpool

Ludogorets are going for it as they make their final change of the game, midfielder Fabio Espinho replaced by forward Younes Hamza and the home side have put two players up in attack.

Elsewhere in Europe

A potential minor shock on the cards in Group C as Monaco take the lead in Bayer Leverkusen with their first shot on goal all evening. Lucas Ocampos had only been on the field two minutes when he slotted home a Nabil Dirar cross from the right.

Lucas Ocampos celebrates for Monaco
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Ludogorets 1-2 Liverpool

Raheem Sterling has been Liverpool's best player in this half but he looks to be struggling a bit now after being on the end of a couple of hefty challenges. He runs a little gingerly as Ludogorets again come forward with the game entering the closing stages.

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling is fouled
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Max Welford: Yeah, Gerrard. OK the 10 really isn't working. Nor does he in any other position! Bring in the new spice !!

Aaron Johal: Raheem Sterling looks like he has finally woken up since all that England nonsense!

Ludogorets 1-2 Liverpool

The introduction of fresh legs has perked Ludogorets up and Liverpool have some defending to do as Cosmin Moti's deflected shot is just wide, before Junior Quixada has a go at goal, but misses the target. Some better quality in attack and Liverpool would be in a bit of bother.

SUBSTITUTION

Ludogorets 1-2 Liverpool

Another change for Ludogorets as Mihail Alexandrov is replaced by another Brazilian substitute - midfielder Wanderson.

Ludogorets 1-2 Liverpool

Raheem Sterling leads a swift Liverpool counter as he runs at retreating Ludogorets players. He then feeds a pass to Steven Gerrard, who in turn finds Jordan Henderson, but his shot from outside the area drifts wide of the target.

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling charges forward
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Nic Billot: Now's the time for Coutinho and Borini to come on for Gerrard and Lambert. Loads more space up top as Ludogorets chase the game.

Dick Twittington: It's as if Mignolet is trying to hold on to an egg covered in jelly, blindfolded and with his hands tied behind his back.

Joel_Ubuntu: I hope our season kick-starts tonight, we really need a win to boost our morale no matter how bad we play.

Elsewhere in Europe

Mario Mandzukic has scored a hat-trick for Atletico Madrid to make it 4-0 against Olympiakos in Group A. The Croatian striker netted his second on 62 minutes heading in from Arda Turan's cross and then nodded home a Gabi free kick three minutes later.

Atletico Madrid celebrate their fourth goal
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