Rodgers calls for Liverpool calm ahead of Basel clash

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has urged players and supporters to be calm when they take on Basel on Tuesday for a place in the Champions League knockout stages, reports the club’s official website.

Having only taken four points from their first five Champions League Group B matches so far, the Reds are now in a position where they must win on Tuesday to advance. Anything less would see them drop into the Europa League and the Swiss champions go through behind group winners Real Madrid.

Overall this season, Liverpool have shown patchy, unconvincing form, including Saturday’s drab goalless draw at home to Sunderland, but Rodgers – who has come under pressure in some quarters over recent weeks – is keen to avoid any anxiety on the night.

“It’s a European night and we want to press the game, but we’ll have to show patience, because Basel are a good side and they have shown that already over the last few years by beating big teams,” said the Northern Irishman.

“We know what we have to do and that’s the key. We don’t need to play for a draw. We need to win the game. This is a team that is at its best when it’s on the front foot. And that’s what we’ll look to do on Tuesday night.”

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