Ian Rush urges Liverpool to deliver special Anfield night
Ian Rush wants Liverpool to make a quick start against Basel on Tuesday
Ian Rush is urging Liverpool to create a special Anfield night for their must-win Champions League clash against Basel.
The five-time European champions need to beat their Swiss opponents if Rodgers’s side are going to secure second place behind Real Madrid in Group B.
And former Liverpool striker Rush is hoping the Merseyside outfit can make a quick start to their crunch European encounter.
“You have got to give the crowd something to go for,” Rush told talkSPORT.
“Bob Paisley used to tell us to have a shot in the first ten minutes to try and get the crowd going. We have got to do that tonight to make it that bit special.
“We know what we have to do now. The players should be loving this occasion.”
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.