Date: 9th December 2014 at 3:03pm
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Brendan Rodgers has urged his players to write their names into Anfield folklore, ahead of tonight’s must-win Champions League clash with FC Basel.

Anfield will play host to another crucial European night, and the boss has urged his players to respond with a performance worthy of the occasion.

The build up to the game has seen comparisons drawn with the famous Olympiacos match of 2004, with Steven Gerrard’s incredible winning goal scored 10 years ago to the day yesterday.

And Rodgers has called on Liverpool to use that night amongst others, as inspiration.

“This is a competition that has a great history here for Liverpool and the Olympiacos game was a part of it,” Rodgers told reporters gathered at Anfield for his pre-match press conference.

“It’s an opportunity for the players now to qualify and make sure they write themselves into folklore by winning the game and ensuring they get into the next round, because that’s the objective.

“We’ve shown over the last few weeks that the group is starting to come together again after a disappointing spell. We certainly haven’t had the consistency this season. But slowly, game-by-game, I can see the differences in the team – the focus and the concentration.

“What we have in the squad is quality. We know it’s going to be a tough game for us, but certainly playing at home here will help. We’ve seen on many occasions what the crowd can do here for the team.

“We can come together tomorrow night, hopefully get the victory, qualify for the next round and look to use it to give confidence in the rest of our games.

“We go into the game in good condition physically and mentally. We know what the job is. It’s going to be a tough game. But Basel come here on the back of losing their away games in the group. So I’m sure they understand it’s going to be a tough game for them.”


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