Liverpool latest: Lallana wary of Basel threat

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Liverpool travel to Switzerland on Wednesday night as they take on FC Basel in their second Champions League game of the group stage. Two weeks on from their 2-1 win over Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad, the Reds are back in European action as they face the Swiss side away from home. Liverpool have been dealt an early blow though, with Daniel Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho ruled out through injury. Sturridge still hasn't recovered from a thigh injury, whilst Sakho - who is in trouble for having left Anfield before Saturday's game against Everton having been left out of the squad - will also miss the game with a thigh problem.

Meanwhile, playmaker Adam Lallana enjoyed his best game for the club so far against Everton, and is expected to start the game against Basel as the former Southampton fan continues to experience Champions League football for the first time. Lallana says he is wary of the quality that Basel possess, but also believes that Liverpool can get a result on Wednesday.

"They played Chelsea in the competition last season and I remember watching that," said Lallana. "We have obviously studied and analysed them. But it's also important to focus on ourselves; we're here on the back of a good performance at the weekend. We still think we're improving and going in the right direction.

"It's a huge honour for me to be playing in this competition and for Liverpool. It's where the team belongs. It was great to get our first three points in our first game back in the competition. We're thoroughly looking forward to tomorrow night," he added.

"[The Champions League] gives you more game opportunities to get up to speed and knit with the group and your new teammates. It's obviously a tough competition and there are no easy games, but you take the positives out of it. It's extra games for us and hopefully we'll get the right result tomorrow - which we're confident we can do."

In transfer news, reports suggest that Liverpool have agreed a deal with Birmingham over the future of winger Demarai Gray. The 18-year-old has been one of the revelations of the Championship season, and after the Reds loaned Jordon Ibe to Birmingham last season, it's believed that Liverpool struck a deal to have first option over Gray should another club target him - and Rodgers will continue to monitor his progress ahead of a potential move.

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