Carragher predicted tough contest

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says he suspected Hungarian Champions Debrecen would make victory hard work for the Reds when they came to Anfield last night.

Liverpool 1-0 Debrecen: Dirk on target

A single goal from Dirk Kuyt on the stroke of half time was enough to edge victory for Liverpool as they got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start.

But critics have suggested Rafa Benitez’s men should have won by a lot more than just one goal against a side making their debut in the competition.

But Carragher concurs, telling reporters after the game, “I thought it would be hard before the game. Sometimes it’s more difficult when you play against teams you don’t know a lot about.

“When you play against the big clubs you know exactly who they’ve got and it’s actually a bit easier.

“Debrecen were an unknown quantity and they played very defensively, which is their right.

“No-one has really heard of them and this was their Champions League final really.

“Playing at Anfield was a massive night for them and credit to them because they put on a good show.”