Revealed? How Sousa will motivate Basel ahead of Liverpool clash

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FC Basel take on Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

FC Basel boss Paulo Sousa has intimated that he will be using the occasion and the magnitude of Wednesday evening's St Jakob-Park match with Liverpool in the second round of group stage Champions League fixtures as a method of motivation for the home side.

"We could create a story tomorrow which will be remembered in the future," said Sousa, a 44-year-old manager who has great experience of the European stage from his own playing days, having lifted the Champions League with Juventus and also Borussia Dortmund.

He continued, as per Sky Sports: "As a coach all the games are a real test. It is a fantastic moment for us, myself and the players and our club to enjoy but also to compete as we are looking to get results."

Basel are currently bottom of Group B having been on the wrong end of a 5-1 defeat to table-topping Real Madrid.

Liverpool, meanwhile, edged Ludogarets Razgrad by a 2-1 score, but Sousa anticipates a tough match as Brendan Rodgers is settled in as manager and he also has the luxury of integrating a wealth of talent into the squad after an aggressive recruitment drive in the summer.

"It is always a pleasure to compete against a great coach and a great man and special to compete at this level together," he added.

"It is always difficult to compete at this level with a club with a manager like Rodgers, who is already into the third year of a process and is integrating €170 million worth of players.

"We will create fantastic opportunities against Rodgers and his players and we are looking to win the match," concluded Sousa.

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