Liverpool host Basel in a do or die encounter
in their last Champions League group stage
match tonight at Anfield. The Reds have
picked up just 4 points from 5 games but
Brendan Rodgers’ side have their fate in
their own hands building up to this crunch
Basel however need just a draw to qualify
but the Swiss side will know that the Reds
buoyed by their vociferous home support will
come hard at them. As we build up to what
is arguably Liverpool’s season defining
moment, here are the three key talking
points for the Reds .
Brendan Rodgers needs to get his team
selection and game plan correct: There is no
doubt that Liverpool have been way below
their best from last season. There seems
absolutely no creativity in midfield and
neither of the players are willing enough to
lead from the front. The Reds were lucky to
draw against Sunderland at home in the
weekend and had very few shots on goal.
Rodgers though needs to get his selection
correct. One possible formation could be the
diamond with Stevern Gerrard playing on the
top with Sterling and Henderson beside him.
Attacking wise Rickie Lambert is expected to
start and Adam Lallana too should make the
Steven Gerrard to the rescue act- once
again: The Liverpool skipper has been here
and has done it before. Who would forget his
last gasp thunderous striker ten years back
against Olympiacos in the historic 2004-05
Champions League campaign? Liverpool
under the guidance of Rafa Benitez went on
to beat AC Milan in the final at Istanbul and
claim the trophy.
Ten years later, Gerrard faces the same
adversity, he needs to lead from the front.
He is expected to start but what will be key
is his role just in front of the Basel defense.
He no longer has the pace to barge past
defenders but his precision passing could
just make the difference.
Liverpool need to be ruthless: The Reds have
had very little to show for their attacking
creativity but as the game against
Ludogorets showed, despite the lack of
cohesion in defense, they took their chances
barring Sterling late on, who should have
scored after being on one against the
goalkeeper. Basel have a quality defense
and Real Madrid struggled to break them
down in Switzerland. Thus it would be key
for th Reds to make full use of whatever
chances that fall their way