Liverpool must beat Basel in their final Group B fixture to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Brendan Rogers' side have not won in Europe since edging past Ludogorets in their opening game of their European campaign back in September, but they will finish second in the group if they overcome Basel at Anfield.
The visitors beat Liverpool 1-0 when the sides last met in October, to secure their fifth consecutive victory over Premier League opposition in Europe. But they only need a point on Tuesday night to progress to the last 16, as they currently sit in second place, two points ahead of the hosts.
After a five-year absence from Europe’s premier club competition, Liverpool have endured a lackluster campaign. However, they are unbeaten in their last four matches, and after Rogers opted to rest Steven Gerrard for 65 minutes of the goalless draw against Stoke on Saturday, he will be confident that his fresh legged captain can lead Liverpool to another historic European victory at Anfield.
The match comes 10 years and a day after Gerrard’s late goal against Olympiakos saw them progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League competition which they went on to win in 2005.
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
Basel 1 (Streller), Liverpool 0, Champions League, October 2014
Basel 3 (Rossi, Gimenez, Atouba) Liverpool 3 (Murphy, Smicer, Owen), Champions League, November 2002
Liverpool 1 (Baros) Basel 1 (Rossi), Champions League, September 2002
Liverpool have gone four games without a win in the Champions League
The last time Liverpool went five games without a win in Europe was in 2001/2002
Brendan Rodgers replaced Basel manager Paulo Sousa as the manager of Swansea in 2010
Basel have won seven out their last eight games
Liverpool to win: 1.8
Basel to win: 3.8
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