Rodgers right to be patient, but Basel is the game to improve this statistic

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Liverpool are in a position where if they win against Basel tomorrow night they qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said the Reds will have to be patient during tomorrow night's Champions League Group B decider against Basel tomorrow night, as he looks to lead Liverpool into the last 16 of this season's competition.

A win for the Reds tomorrow night will mean they will have qualified for the knockout stages of Europe's biggest competition for the first time since the 2008/09 season.

Rodgers told the Liverpool website: "It's a European night and we want to press the game, but we'll have to show patience, because Basel are a good side and they have shown that already over the last few years by beating big teams.

"We know what we have to do and that's the key. We don't need to play for a draw. We need to win the game. This is a team that is at its best when it's on the front foot. And that's what we'll look to do on Tuesday night."

He is right to appeal for patience, but with the Reds on the back foot going into the game, the chances are the crowd at Anfield will be up for the game. The support at Anfield on European nights is renowned for being highly charged but in order to keep up that intensity from the terraces, there has to be early signs of brightness from Rodgers' men to continue that kind of momentum.

An early sight of goal from distance, or early pressure will be most welcome in the early stages to ensure his side keeps a buoyant crowd on side, if Rodgers believes the fans can have some kind of impact on the game. 

As the Reds have tried to get back to basics following a poor start to the season, the past two home games against Stoke City and Sunderland did not produce much in the first half. In fact, it may have been one shot on target from the home side in both first halves combined. 

  Total Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttAppearances
Liverpool 42 8 3

But eight shots on target over the past week has to improve and Liverpool must start on the front foot. Basel are likely to come to Anfield and defend and look to nick a goal on the break, something which they are more than capable of. They are the side that is in the driving seat, and early pressure to help unsettle the Swiss side is a must from the Reds, and they must demonstrate some sort of attacking threat, working the goalkeeper.

An average of under three shots per game from their last three outings has to be improved on during tomorrow evening, otherwise the Reds can kiss goodbye to their chances of an improbable European adventure.

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