Brendan Rodgers' first competitive match in charge of Liverpool ended in victory after a 1-0 win against Gomel in their Europa League third qualifying round first leg tie at the Central Stadion in Belarus.

On the night Jamie Carragher reached 700 appeareances for Liverpool they would have like to have recorded a more convincing win - however Rodgers will settle for holding a narrow advantage having spent much of the game on the back foot.

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.

Downing's strike followed a period of dominance for the home side, with Sergei Kozeka rattling the post and Dmitry Platonov going close before the England winger struck. 

Gomel dominated the majority of the game and the Merseysiders were lucky to leave with the win after the hosts missed plenty of chances in the second half. 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.

Despite the positive result it wasn't all good news for Rodgers on his competitve debut as Joe Cole limped off injured after just 23 minutes.

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