Liverpool have endured a tough start to the season, and recent results have been hugely underwhelming. Recent defeats to Aston Villa and West Ham have been concerning, whilst their Champions League got off to an inauspicious start with a narrow 2-1 win over Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad after Steven Gerrard's injury time penalty spared the Reds' blushes.
Despite drawing 1-1 with Everton last weekend, fans were hopeful that they could kickstart their Champions League campaign tonight with a win over Swiss side Basel. However, once again Brendan Rodgers' side struggled to gel, and Paulo Sousa's side profited from Liverpool's dreadful defending from set pieces, as Marco Streller pounced from indecision inside the six yard box to turn the ball past Simon Mignolet.
Despite 15 shots on goal, Liverpool couldn't make the breakthrough, and Basel completed a famous victory over the Premier League giants. Manager Rodgers said that whilst his team deserved something from the game on the basis of the 90 minutes, the players have to start improving from set pieces.
"We didn’t start great and were not technically good early on but when we started to combine and create chances I thought we did enough to take something from the game," said Rodgers. "But we defended badly from the corner and it is not for the first time."
"It is something that we continue to talk about in training but you need to deal with it on the field. You have to win your first contact and if you don’t do that then you can be punished."