Balotelli comes good in the end for Liverpool in Champions League

Mario Balotelli on the run.

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Mario Balotelli led the line as Liverpool made their return to Champions League football after a five-year absence against Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets on Tuesday.

We assess the mercurial Italian's performance in the Reds' 2-1 victory.

Goal threat

Luis Suarez left very big boots to fill and, although the jury remains out, scoring his first goal for the club should do wonders for the 24-year-old Italian. He took his chance very well when it came in the 82nd minute, seizing on poor defending in a flash and guiding the ball expertly into the far corner. He had two other good chances, seeing the first blocked and the second saved by Milan Borjan, and looked Liverpool's most dangerous player.