Liverpool boss: We must not over rely on Gerrard.


‎Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is convinced his team have enough belief going into their Champions League clash against Basel and thinks they can win on Tuesday night to qualify for the knock-out stages.

Rodgers also said his team shouldn't rely on captain Gerrard and must up their game against Basel. The current position reminds us of the popular Anfield night back in 2004 when, Liverpool needed to beat Olympiacos by two goals to progress, Gerrard scored with four minutes to go securing their qualification to the next stage in dramatic style.

Rodgers said in his press conference on Monday: “This is a competition which has a great history here for Liverpool, and the Olympiacos game was a part of that.

“But, in terms of Steven, we can't be just reliant solely on him, this has to be about a team performance.

"We need other players to step up to the mark, to take on responsibility and be a catalyst, and not place it on his shoulders.

"It has never been about that for us. For us to get a result tomorrow night we need for the team to be performing well.

"It is an opportunity for the players to write themselves into folklore by winning the game and ensuring they get into the next round, because that is the objective."

Thinkfootballideas believes it's a very tricky situation, if Liverpool lose the tie, it'll be a massive blow as it's their first appearance in the Europe elite competition in five years but the Reds boss says they are focused.

"We are only focusing on the positive result,” he said. “We see it as an opportunity rather than a threat to anything we are doing this season.

"It is a game in which we just want to stay focused on what we have to do.

”The importance of the game is there: to get through and qualify. In my time here we have had games that were deemed as must-win games and, more times than not, we have won them.

"We arrive into tomorrow night with great confidence that we can get the job done.” If Liverpool draw the clash, it'll mean they won't make it to the next stage but Rodgers says they'll need to be patient during the match. "We don't need to win the game in the first minute, that is the key for us," he said.

"European football is technical and tactical. We just need to win the game and we have 90 minutes-plus to do that.

"We have to retain our patience and play a good technical game and we have to be concentrated and focused. If we do that, I believe we will have a great chance, aligned with the supporters and the passion they have.

"We need that patience in the game. They (Basel) don't need to win the game, they can sit back, so we need to be able to move the ball side to side with freedom and if we get patience from the team and the supporters that should help us to go and get the result we want.

"It is a cup competition and if we get through we can put it to bed for a few months, and hopefully it will give us that confidence in our league form.

"It will be a great night and it is up to us to get the job done."

Written by Thinkfootballideas staff


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