PHOTO: Balotelli and Liverpool fringe man plan downfall of Basel

Liverpool stars in training ahead of Champions League fixture.

Liverpool's Italian duo are hoping to rack up a second successive Champions League win, when they face Basel on Wednesday night.

Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini were among the players training on the St Jakobsberg Stadium pitch just over 24 hours ahead of kick-off.

Balotelli scored in the club's win over Ludogorets, and the clash against Basel is crucial, with two games against Real Madrid up afterwards.

Fabio Borini, a substitute in the first tie, is hoping to finally make an impact after a torrid summer in which the club tried to sell him.

He stuck it out, determined to stay, but is yet to take advantage of renewed chances in light of Daniel Sturridge's injury.

The England international is due back soon, and this could be one of the last opportunities Borini gets to shine.

A strong performance against Basel could change both his outlook, and Balotelli's if he gets going too, but with the Swiss side beating Chelsea home and away last year, there is potential for Brendan Rodgers' side to come unstuck.

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