Downing admits Liverpool fortunate to survive Hearts scare

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing admits they were fortunate to survive their Europa League scare against Hearts.

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing admits they were fortunate to survive their Europa League scare against Hearts.

The Reds held a 1-0 advantage ahead of the return match at Anfield, but that was cancelled out when goalkeeper Jose Reina let a David Templeton shot squeeze through after 85 minutes.

Extra-time appeared to be on the cards but Luis Suarez then grabbed an equaliser two minutes from the end to see Liverpool sneak into the group stage 2-1 on aggregate.

"We knew it was going to be tough," he said on ESPN. "We made more hard work of it than we should have done.

"We were a little bit wasteful in front of goal.

"However, the manager stressed to the team 'don't go down under pressure', and I think we bounced back well.

"We created lots of chances we didn't finish though and we have to be more clinical in front of goal. That was a lesson for us."

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