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CONFIRMED: Liverpool line-up v FC Basel - Coutinho returns!

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Here is the Liverpool team to play FC Basel this evening, kick-off at 19:45 GMT.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Skrtel, Lovren, Enrique, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Markovic, Balotelli

Subs: Jones, Toure, Moreno, Lucas, Lallana, Lambert, Borini

Liverpool face a very different challenge away from home in the Champions League against FC Basel than they did in their first group game against Ludogorets.

The Reds won that game 2-1 but manager Brendan Rodgers revealed after the match that he wasn’t pleased with the performance and he’ll be hoping for more this evening.

The team’s form has been inconsistent over the last couple of weeks with defeats to Aston Villa and West Ham United followed by more dropped points against Everton in the Merseyside derby last weekend.

Daniel Sturridge hasn’t won his race to be fit for this game as the side continue to cope without their lead striker, which means another opportunity for Mario Balotelli to prove his quality up front.

Liverpool’s incentive is that three points could put them in a very good position ahead of their first match against Real Madrid, who are strong favourites to beat Ludogorets in the other group game this evening.

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