Brendan Rodgers urges his Liverpool squad to make history
Brendan Rodgers is hoping Liverpool can create another famous Anfield night
Brendan Rodgers has urged his Liverpool players to secure their own piece of Reds history by beating Basel and qualifying for the Champions League last 16.
The five-time European champions need to beat the Swiss opponents if Rodgers’s side are going to secure second place behind Real Madrid in Group B.
And Liverpool manager Rodgers is hoping his Reds squad can produce a great European performance in front of an expectant Kop on Tuesday night.
“We would have taken this when the draw was made,” Rodgers told his pre-match media conference.
“We certainly looked at this game and the one against Ludogorets as the two that were going to be key and that’s proved to be the case.
“It will be a great night and it’s up to us to get the job done.”
“This is a competition that has great history for Liverpool. It’s an opportunity for these players to write themselves into folklore by winning the game and making sure we get into the next round.”
Liverpool v Basel: Fact-file
• Liverpool have gone four games without a win in the Champions League since defeating Ludogorets with a stoppage-time Steven Gerrard penalty on matchday one. The last time the Reds went five European games without a win was the 2001/02 second group stage.
• This match falls almost ten years ago to the day since Liverpool last played a win-or-bust final group fixture at Anfield in the Champions League. On 8 December 2004 they came from behind to beat Olympiacos FC 3-1, Gerrard scoring their third goal, and went on to win the trophy.
• Liverpool suffered their heaviest European home defeat when losing 3-0 to Real Madrid on matchday three. Indeed, the Reds have lost four of their last six Champions League games at Anfield.
• Liverpool drew 2-2 with Young Boys when last hosting Swiss opposition in the 2012/13 Europa League group stage. Martin Skrtel and Jordan Henderson started, Gerrard and Raheem Sterling coming off the bench.