Liverpool vs Basel odds, team news – Must win for Reds in Champions League

Liverpool welcome Basle to Merseyside on Tuesday night with a win required to secure their passage to the next round of the Champions league.

While work may have finally commenced on the rebuilding of Anfield, on the field of play, the foundations, firmly laid last season, have shown crack after crack this campaign.

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The latest plaster over, achieved through the inclusion of two players discarded and on their way during the summer, has seen the club regroup and go on a 4 game unbeaten run. Draws with Ludogorets and Sunderland have been sandwiched in between wins over Stoke and Leicester.

The signs are that the wounds from earlier in the season are healing, even if the brand of football is a sight for sore eyes.

The introduction of Kolo Toure and Lucas, much maligned and seemingly on their last way last summer, has been key to a revival that includes two clean sheets in their last four games, and three in their last four at Anfield.

basel face liverpool, with the game live streaming in the Champions LeagueWhile the contribution of Toure and Lucas has slowed down Liverpool’s play it has helped manager Brendan Rodgers focus on one of the basic problems affecting the club this season, a leaky defence.

It also means that the Steven Gerrard longevity campaign has been ditched as Rodgers finally decides that he is not capable of turning the former England captain into Andrea Pirlo.

Game by game management and further up the field application are the two lesson Rodgers has learned in the first half of the season. Gerrard was a second half sub against Sunderland but should start on Tuesday alongside Lucas and Jordan Henderson.

With Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge, short and long term absentees, Rickie Lambert will start up front yet again with Raheem Sterling and one of Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Joe Allen alongside him.

The final decision will be the ever changing full backs with Glen Johnson likely to replace either start at right back ahead of Javier Manquillo or else replace Alberto Moreno.

It is one of the many issues that has faced the club this season. Who to play on the flanks. The lack of faith in one single player has not helped the likes of Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho, two big names defender reduced to bit-part by the defensive struggles of the side.

On Tuesday, Lovren and Sakho will watch on as the Reds try and deal with Marco Streller and the attack minded defender Fabian Schar. The pair were seen as the last blocks needed to finish the building process however as is the case with all building projects, the nice-have ball playing defenders are cast aside until the hard work is almost completed.

Tuesday could be another step in that direction.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.