Ten years on from Steven Gerrard’s splendid strike that enabled Liverpool to advance into the Champions League knockout stages of the tournament they went on to win, they host Basel knowing that only a repeat result will suffice.
A price of 4/5 says the Reds lasso the laurels they require to progress from Group B against Switzerland’s finest, while it’s 16/5 that Paulo Sousa’s men spoil the party with a win and the draw, an equally awful result as far as the Merseysiders are concerned, is on offer at 13/5.
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The season has been anything but smooth sailing for Brendan Rodgers’ troops, but the Alka-Seltzer downed back in the summer following Luis Suarez’s Barcelona sale appears to have finally kicked in.
Their goalless draw at home to Sunderland last time out was no doubt disappointing, but from a positive viewpoint it was their third match unbeaten, taking their points tally to seven from nine.
What was even more satisfying was that across these three games only one goal was leaked.
This suggests that the Reds’ defence that had epitomised incompetence earlier in the season is beginning to improve too.
It bodes well ahead of the visit of a side still seeking their first away points in this competition after going down 5-1 at Real Madrid and 1-0 at Ludogorets.
They’ve won just once in their history on English soil, losing on six of their 11 visits to the home of Premier League-based outfits.
Liverpool have won three of their five home meetings with Swiss foes, while they’ve only failed to best one opponent from this country of origin on the homestead in this competition.