Winning start for Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers' first match in charge of Liverpool ended in victory after a 1-0 win against FC Gomel in Europa League qualifying.
Stewart Downing's 25-yard effort midway through the second half was enough to give the Reds the edge going into the second leg match at Anfield next Wednesday. Gomel dominated the majority of the game and the Merseysiders were lucky to leave with the win after the hosts missed plenty of chances. Liverpool's back four looked rocky throughout and it was poor finishing rather than the performance of goalkeeper Brad Jones which cost the home side. Gomel, who are halfway through their domestic season, were full of energy and pressed Liverpool high up the pitch, giving the visitors little time to dwell on the ball.