No Sturridge For Basel Tie
Liverpool prepare for their second Champions League fixture of the season on Wednesday night as Brendan Rodgers will pair his XI up against Basel's. Unfortunately for the Reds Daniel Sturridge is still unavailable through injury whilst Mamadou Sakho has not made the line up also due to injury but perhaps also down to his antics prior to the Everton game.
Also on the injury list for Liverpool are Johnson, Flanagan, Can and Allen. For Basel they are without Diaz who is serving a suspension and Ivan Ivanov (no that's not a typo) is also unavailable as a long term absentee. Finally ex Red Philip Degen is also out with a foot problem.
The two sides have met only twice before. Back in 2002 in the Champions League when Basel eventually knocked Liverpool out of the competition. Both games ended in score draws 1-1 and 3-3 respectively. Basel may have been a relatively good pick from the pot available but they are certainly no mugs and this will be a difficult game for the Reds away from home.
- Brendan Rodgers has faced Paulo Sousa twice already whilst manager of Reading. Brendan would later take Sousa's Swansea job.
- Basel's overall home record against English clubs is W5 D2 L1.
- Liverpool have never failed to find the back of the net in Switzerland having scored 14 goals over five games in the country.
Basel's first Champions League match was against the might of Real Madrid, they lost at the Bernabeu 5-1. Their last outing in the league this season saw them pick up a 1-1 draw against Thun however they confidently won their two games prior to this.
Liverpool on the other hand are coming off the back of a bit of bad form having drew late on in the Merseyside derby and lost to West Ham and Aston Villa.
I get the feeling it's going to be a bit of a slog for the Reds but I also think we'll manage to see out a win. If I was popping a quid on the game I'd say 1-0.
I asked you for your score predictions and here are a few of the tweets I received:
@_TheLiverBird 2-1 Liverpool, I see Mario and Henderson getting the goals.
— Jason Murray (@jj__murray) September 29, 2014
@LFCKirstyLFC 1-3. Sterling, Gerrard, Balotelli.
— Phil (@Phil_A01) September 29, 2014
@LFCKirstyLFC 2-1 Liverpool Lallana and MarioEnjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!
— Ian Young (@ianyoungkop) September 29, 2014