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UEFA Champions League

Tuesday, 9 December 2014,

Liverpool
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FC Basel
  • Kickoff: 20:45 BST
  • Stadium: Anfield
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Anfield
  • Attendance: 43,290
  • 61' Lazar Markovic
  • 81' Steven Gerrard
  • 25' Fabian Frei

Liverpool

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FC Basel

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has seen it - and done it - all before but manager Brendan Rodgers has urged the rest of his squad to do their bit to join the midfielder as part of the club's folklore.

The Reds have to beat Basle at Anfield tomorrow if they are to keep their Champions League dream alive and the match has echoes of the game against Olympiacos in 2004.

It is exactly 10 years to the day when, with his side needing to win by two clear goals to make the knockout stages, Gerrard smashed home with four minutes to go to clinch a 3-1 victory.

It was the beginning of the club's march towards a famous fifth European Cup win in Istanbul against AC Milan - a match which Gerrard heavily influenced again - but Rodgers insists the next generation now need to rise to the occasion.

''In terms of Steven, we can't be just reliant solely on him, this has to be about a team performance,'' said Rodgers.

''We need other players to step up to the mark, taking on responsibility and being a catalyst and not place it on his shoulders.

''There are few world class players around so when you are in a team that responsibility falls even more so on you but it has never been about that for us.

''For us to get a result tomorrow night we need for the team to be performing well and get a performance.

''This is a competition which has a great history here for Liverpool and the Olympiacos game was a part of that.

''It is an opportunity for the players now to qualify and make sure they write themselves into folklore by winning the game and ensuring they get into the next round - because that is the objective.''

Basle coach Paulo Sousa intends to test Liverpool's resolve to see if they can handle the pressure of their must-win Champions League encounter.

The Reds need victory at Anfield to progress to the knockout stage but a point will be enough to put the Swiss through at their expense.

Even though they have claimed back-to-back clean sheets in their last two home matches, Liverpool's confidence remains fragile and Sousa has no intention of playing for a draw.

``We want to put them under pressure because in the last game (their 1-0 win in Switzerland) we were controlling possession and created good opportunities,'' said Sousa.

``That is something we want to have tomorrow. Lots of personality, ambition, intensity in our game with and without the ball, and create difficulties which will allow us to have opportunities to score in the game.

``We will put them more under pressure and hopefully we can have another magical night where the performance will be outstanding and the result of the game will be in our favour.

``I am always looking for a win. In my leadership and feedback to the players it is always about playing to win.''

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91'+4

End Regular Time

91'+4

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) Shot On Target at 95'

91'+4

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Assists Shot at 95'

91'+3

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) Throw In at 94'

91'+2

Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Throw In at 93'

91'+2

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Shot On Target at 93'

91'+1

Attempt missed. Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

91'+1

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) Assists Shot at 92'

91'

Attempt saved. Breel Embolo (FC Basel) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcelo Díaz.

91'

Marcelo Díaz (FC Basel) Assists Shot at 91'

90'

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

90'

Marek Suchy (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 90'

90'

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Marek Suchy.

90'

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Corner Kick at 90'

88'

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Marek Suchy.

88'

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) Corner Kick at 88'

88'

Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

88'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Throw In at 88'

88'

Substitution, FC Basel. Walter Samuel replaces Luca Zuffi.

86'

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alberto Moreno with a cross.

86'

Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Assists Shot at 86'

86'

Attempt missed. Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Derlis González.

86'

Derlis González (FC Basel) Assists Shot at 86'

86'

Behrang Safari (FC Basel) Throw In at 86'

85'

Attempt saved. Luca Zuffi (FC Basel) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

84'

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) Corner Kick at 84'

84'

Marek Suchy (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 84'

84'

Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) Free Kick at 84'

84'

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84'

Behrang Safari (FC Basel) Throw In at 84'

83'

Substitution, FC Basel. Marcelo Díaz replaces Mohamed Elneny.

83'

Attempt saved. Luca Zuffi (FC Basel) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

82'

Luca Zuffi (FC Basel) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82'

Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) Blocked Pass at 82'

81'

1 - 1

Goal! Liverpool 1, FC Basel 1. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

80'

Fabian Schär

80'

Fabian Schär (FC Basel) Foul at 80'

80'

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Throw In at 80'

79'

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) Throw In at 79'

79'

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) Throw In at 79'

78'

Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Throw In at 78'

77'

Mohamed Elneny (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 77'

77'

Luca Zuffi (FC Basel) Free Kick at 77'

77'

Alberto Moreno

77'

Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool).

76'

Attempt missed. Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

76'

Breel Embolo (FC Basel) Corner Kick at 76'

76'

Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) Blocked Pass at 76'

76'

Corner, FC Basel. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

75'

Behrang Safari (FC Basel) Throw In at 75'

74'

Substitution, FC Basel. Breel Embolo replaces Marco Streller.

74'

Substitution, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho replaces Lucas Leiva.

73'

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

73'

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) Assists Shot at 73'

72'

Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Throw In at 72'

71'

Attempt blocked. Marco Streller (FC Basel) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shkelzen Gashi.

71'

Shkelzen Gashi (FC Basel) Assists Shot at 71'

70'

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) Free Kick at 70'

70'

Offside, FC Basel. Fabian Frei tries a through ball, but Taulant Xhaka is caught offside.

70'

Luca Zuffi (FC Basel) Free Kick at 70'

70'

Marco Streller (FC Basel) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68'

Attempt missed. Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Leiva.

68'

Lucas (Liverpool) Assists Shot at 68'

68'

Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Throw In at 68'

67'

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) Throw In at 67'

67'

Fabian Schär (FC Basel) Free Kick at 67'

66'

Dejan Lovren

66'

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66'

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) Free Kick at 66'

66'

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 65'

65'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64'

Shkelzen Gashi (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 64'

63'

Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Throw In at 63'

63'

Joe Allen (Liverpool) Blocked Pass at 62'

62'

Fabian Frei (FC Basel) Free Kick at 62'

61'

Lazar Markovic

60'

Foul by Lazar Markovic (Liverpool).

60'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Blocked Pass at 60'

59'

Attempt missed. Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marek Suchy.

59'

Marek Suchy (FC Basel) Assists Shot at 59'

58'

Lucas (Liverpool) Blocked Pass at 58'

58'

Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) Throw In at 58'

57'

Attempt missed. Lazar Markovic (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

57'

Attempt blocked. Joe Allen (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lazar Markovic.

57'

Lazar Markovic (Liverpool) Assists Shot at 57'

57'

Shkelzen Gashi (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 57'

57'

Marek Suchy (FC Basel) Free Kick at 57'

56'

Marco Streller (FC Basel) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56'

Tomás Vaclik (FC Basel) Free Kick at 56'

55'

Offside, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.

55'

Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

55'

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Assists Shot at 55'

54'

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 54'

53'

Attempt blocked. Derlis González (FC Basel) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Taulant Xhaka.

53'

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) Assists Shot at 53'

52'

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) Free Kick at 52'

52'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51'

Behrang Safari (FC Basel) Throw In at 51'

51'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Blocked Pass at 51'

50'

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) Free Kick at 50'

50'

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49'

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 49'

49'

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Throw In at 49'

48'

Derlis González (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 49'

48'

Lazar Markovic (Liverpool) Free Kick at 48'

48'

Lazar Markovic (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48'

Attempt missed. Fabian Schär (FC Basel) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

48'

Attempt blocked. Fabian Schär (FC Basel) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47'

Lucas

47'

Mohamed Elneny (FC Basel) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46'

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

46'

Behrang Safari (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 46'

46'

Lazar Markovic (Liverpool) Substitution at 46'

46'

Start 2nd Half

46'

Substitution, Liverpool. Alberto Moreno replaces José Enrique.

46'

Halftime

44'

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) Free Kick at 44'

43'

Offside, FC Basel. Luca Zuffi tries a through ball, but Shkelzen Gashi is caught offside.

41'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Throw In at 41'

41'

Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) Free Kick at 41'

41'

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40'

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) Blocked Pass at 40'

40'

José Enrique (Liverpool) Throw In at 40'

40'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Blocked Pass at 40'

39'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Throw In at 39'

39'

Attempt blocked. Fabian Schär (FC Basel) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

37'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Throw In at 37'

37'

Behrang Safari (FC Basel) Throw In at 36'

35'

Marco Streller (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 35'

34'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Throw In at 34'

34'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Free Kick at 34'

34'

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34'

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) Throw In at 34'

33'

Attempt missed. Marco Streller (FC Basel) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Taulant Xhaka with a cross following a corner.

33'

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) Assists Shot at 33'

32'

Derlis González (FC Basel) Corner Kick at 32'

32'

Corner, FC Basel. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

32'

Attempt blocked. Derlis González (FC Basel) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Streller.

32'

Marco Streller (FC Basel) Assists Shot at 32'

31'

Attempt missed. Behrang Safari (FC Basel) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

30'

Derlis González (FC Basel) Corner Kick at 30'

30'

Corner, FC Basel. Conceded by José Enrique.

30'

Fabian Frei (FC Basel) Free Kick at 30'

29'

Marek Suchy (FC Basel) Free Kick at 29'

29'

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

28'

Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Glen Johnson.

28'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Assists Shot at 28'

28'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Throw In at 28'

27'

Lucas (Liverpool) Free Kick at 27'

27'

Rickie Lambert (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25'

0 - 1

Goal! Liverpool 0, FC Basel 1. Fabian Frei (FC Basel) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luca Zuffi.

25'

Luca Zuffi (FC Basel) Assists Shot at 25'

24'

Luca Zuffi (FC Basel) Free Kick at 24'

23'

Foul by José Enrique (Liverpool).

22'

Attempt blocked. Marco Streller (FC Basel) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Elneny with a cross.

22'

Mohamed Elneny (FC Basel) Assists Shot at 22'

21'

Corner, FC Basel. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

21'

Shkelzen Gashi (FC Basel) Corner Kick at 21'

21'

Fabian Frei (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 21'

18'

José Enrique (Liverpool) Throw In at 18'

17'

Lucas (Liverpool) Free Kick at 17'

17'

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17'

Behrang Safari (FC Basel) Throw In at 17'

16'

José Enrique (Liverpool) Free Kick at 16'

16'

José Enrique (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15'

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) Free Kick at 15'

15'

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

15'

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) Free Kick at 15'

14'

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Throw In at 14'

13'

Attempt missed. Shkelzen Gashi (FC Basel) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Luca Zuffi.

13'

Luca Zuffi (FC Basel) Assists Shot at 13'

12'

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) Throw In at 12'

12'

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) Throw In at 12'

12'

José Enrique (Liverpool) Throw In at 12'

11'

Marco Streller (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 11'

10'

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Behrang Safari.

9'

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) Throw In at 9'

9'

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) Throw In at 9'

9'

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) Throw In at 9'

9'

Luca Zuffi (FC Basel) Free Kick at 9'

8'

Marco Streller (FC Basel) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Throw In at 8'

8'

Luca Zuffi (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 8'

7'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Throw In at 7'

7'

Fabian Schär (FC Basel) Free Kick at 7'

6'

Hand ball by Marco Streller (FC Basel).

6'

Handball

6'

Derlis González (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 6'

5'

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) Free Kick at 5'

5'

Hand ball by Behrang Safari (FC Basel).

5'

Handball

4'

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Throw In at 4'

3'

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

3'

Rickie Lambert (Liverpool) Assists Shot at 3'

3'

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) Blocked Pass at 3'

2'

Attempt saved. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

2'

Fabian Frei (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 2'

2'

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) Throw In at 2'

2'

Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 2'

1'

Mohamed Elneny (FC Basel) Blocked Pass at 1'

1'

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Possession

62%
39%
  • Liverpool
  • FC Basel

Shots

16
17

Shots on target

5
4

Fouls

12
16

Corners

4
4

Yellow Cards

3
1

Red Cards

1
0

Head to Head

Liverpool1 - 1FC Basel
FC Basel1 - 0Liverpool
FC Basel3 - 3Liverpool
Liverpool1 - 1FC Basel

Liverpool

  • 22Simon Mignolet
  • 37Martin Skrtel
  • 3José Enrique
  • 6Dejan Lovren
  • 2Glen Johnson
  • 24Joe Allen
  • 31Raheem Sterling
  • 8Steven Gerrard
  • 14Jordan Henderson
  • 21Lucas
  • -> Philippe Coutinho
  • 9Rickie Lambert
  • -> Lazar Markovic
  • Subs
  • 17Mamadou Sakho
  • 23Emre Can
  • 1Brad Jones
  • 20Adam Lallana

FC Basel

  • 1Tomás Vaclik
  • 19Behrang Safari
  • 34Taulant Xhaka
  • 17Marek Suchy
  • 16Fabian Schär
  • 7Luca Zuffi
  • -> Walter Samuel
  • 33Mohamed Elneny
  • -> Marcelo Díaz
  • 9Marco Streller
  • -> Breel Embolo
  • 11Shkelzen Gashi
  • 25Derlis González
  • 20Fabian Frei
  • Subs
  • 18Germano Vailati
  • 24Ahmed Hammoudy
  • 4Philipp Degen
  • 10Matías Delgado

Liverpool out of Champions League after 10-man Reds fail to beat Basel

Ten-man Liverpool were masters of their own downfall as they exited the Champions League after coming up short in their must-win encounter at home to Basel.

Steven Gerrard, 10 years and one day exactly since he rammed home that famous goal against Olympiacos which set them on the path to their fifth European Cup, did his best to change their fate -- again -- with a late free-kick but he needed others to contribute more and they failed.

Trailing to Fabian Frei's 25th-minute goal, the hosts had Lazar Markovic sent off 16 minutes after coming on at half-time for an flick of the arm. And although a late trademark set-piece goal from the captain raised hopes, they had left themselves too much to do and a 1-1 draw saw them knocked out.

The omens were not good from the off after Liverpool were denied the calming influence of Kolo Toure, itself an indicator of their defensive frailties, because of a groin injury.

Dejan Lovren came in for his first start in five matches but it was centre-back partner Martin Skrtel who seemed to suffer most as his slip let in Shkelzen Gashi who drilled high into the Kop.

The troublesome Basel winger also had the ball in the net just before half-time but his strike was ruled out for offside.

Marco Streller, who scored the goal in Switzerland which partly accounted for the Reds being in this mess, had a shot blocked by Glen Johnson six yards out and also turned an awkward volley wide.

But it was Frei's strike from 20 yards, after a one-two with Luca Zuffi, which whistled past goalkeeper Simon Mignolet who could only stand and watch midway through the first half.

By contrast Liverpool's attacking was sporadic and disjointed even with Gerrard restored to his attacking role behind the central striker.

Manager Brendan Rodgers had called for players other than him to write their name into the club's folklore but those he selected appeared not to have heard that message.

Raheem Sterling was one of the chief culprits as, having been presented with a shooting opportunity by Behrang Safari's mis-control, he tried to cut back to his captain instead.

The criticism of Rodgers' squad is that, since the departure of Luis Suarez, Gerrard is their only world-class player.

There was certainly no-one on the same wavelength as him when he received the ball in the hole and spun a pass out to the right wing which neither Sterling nor Johnson had anticipated.

The rain which began to fall just before half-time seemed somewhat symbolic.

Rodgers made a bold decision at the interval and sent on Markovic, possibly the most disappointing of his £20million summer signings, and Alberto Moreno for striker Rickie Lambert and Jose Enrique.

Sterling was pushed into an unfamiliar central role in an attempt to utilise his blistering pace but before he could get into his stride Liverpool's job was made even more difficult by the dismissal of Markovic.

As the Serbia international broke on the halfway line he flicked out a hand to keep Safari at bay, and if he was surprised by the defender's collapse to the floor he was astounded to see Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers brandish a red card.

On the touchline Rodgers turned away with his head in his hands.

With his side at a numerical disadvantage the onus appeared to fall even more on Gerrard, but when he charged onto Sterling's pass he could not muster enough speed in a race with goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik, who got the vital first touch to prevent the concession of a penalty as the Reds captain went sprawling.

But Gerrard was not finished and, 3,653 days since scoring at the same Kop end to write his name large in the club's history book as they beat Greek opponents by the two clear goals necessary, his free-kick into the top corner off the post cranked the atmosphere up to 'famous European night' level but unfortunately for the home side this was no to be St Etienne or Olympiacos.

The Europa League now beckons for Rodgers' team, which considering their inconsistent domestic form is probably the last thing they need.




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