Liverpool vs Basel Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Liverpool vs Basel | Tuesday 9 December, 2014 | Anfield | 19.45
Liverpool need a victory when they host Basel in their Champions League clash tonight if they’re to progress to the next round of the competition.
Brendan Rodgers has faith in his captain Steven Gerrard to lead the Reds to victory at Anfield against the Swiss side who currently sit above them in Group B, although with just two points separating them the result of this game is critical.
Liverpool, who have been European champions five times previously, will be knocked out of the competition if they fail to win at home tonight. Having won just five of 12 home matches across all competitions this season and held to a goalless draw by Sunderland most recently, the pressure is on for Liverpool on Tuesday.
The first leg of the tie between Liverpool and Basel saw the Reds lost 1-0 in Switzerland in October, but Rodgers is hoping his team can step up their performance at Anfield.
“Gerrard was excellent when he came on [against Sunderland] and, of course, he plays on Tuesday night,” the manager told members of the press. “Stevie coming onto the field gives us the world-class quality that the team needs and I thought he was brilliant when he came on.
“It can’t be up to him every single game to be the catalyst but it’s very hard to replace that quality.
He’s still got that talent, he’s got world-class ability and, at this stage of his career, it’s about me managing that, along with him, in order to play in the big games.”
Liverpool remain without injured striker Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli is a doubt as he continues to struggle with a hamstring problem.
Defender Kolo Toure remains confident about Liverpool’s fighting ability, commenting, “Our game against Basel is a final. We just need to win the game. There’s no choice – we have to attack and try to win the match.
“It’s going to be a really interesting game for everybody – for the players and for the fans. We need everything that we have got to win this game.”
Basel approach the match in Liverpool on the back of consecutive wins against FC Zurich and Lucerne which have bolstered their lead at the top of the Swiss Super League.
Shkelzen Gashi, Basel’s top goal scorer this season, has managed a tally of 12 goals in 17 games and will play alongside veteran Marco Streller who scored the only goal of the game the last time these two sides met.
Liverpool vs Basel Betting Tips
Liverpool are favourites to win at home but the Reds’ recent poor form makes Basel seem a far more appealing option, priced at 7/2 at Betway.
If your loyalty lies with the home side however then why not back Gerrard to score first at 6/1 with Sky Bet?