Video: Brendan Rodgers’ pre-Basel press conference

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Brendan Rodgers’ pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s must-win Champions League match with FC Basel saw him field questions relating to Steven Gerrard’s importance and the similarity to Olympiakos 10 years ago.

Later, Rodgers – who has not named a recognised striker on the bench in The Reds’ last three games – was asked whether he would consider putting a young attacker in the squad, something he admitted he has considered.

Meanwhile, Basel boss Paulo Sousa said his side are not looking to be content with a draw:

“We want to put them under pressure because in the last game (their 1-0 win in Switzerland) we were controlling possession and created good opportunities,” said Sousa.

“That is something we want to have tomorrow. Lots of personality, ambition, intensity in our game with and without the ball, and create difficulties which will allow us to have opportunities to score in the game.

“We will put them more under pressure and hopefully we can have another magical night where the performance will be outstanding and the result of the game will be in our favour.

“I am always looking for a win. In my leadership and feedback to the players it is always about playing to win.”

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