Liverpool morning news, youngsters vying for squad place, Origi early arrival still possible

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A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has urged his side to seize the moment tonight and prove they should be amongst Europe's elite by qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League with victory over Basel.

Only victory over the Swiss champions will take the Reds through to the knockout stages with any other result likely to leave the Reds in the Europa League in the second half of the season.

Rodgers told reporters: “The key is to get a big win. It may not come with a big performance but the main objective is the win.

“We’ve seen over the years that qualification gives you that confidence. You can then park it until February and concentrate on the league.

"We have had big performances in my time here and we want to deliver another to give us that platform."

The Daily Telegraph has reported that a youngster could be on the bench for tonight's decider with Sheyi Ojo and Jerome Sinclair currently training with the first team squad.

The report suggests that one of the two could be on the bench for tonight's huge game with both forwards impressing in the UEFA Youth League and the under-21 Premier League so far this season.

Within their coverage for tonight's game, the Times said there is still the possibility of Divock Origi arriving at the club in January, six months ahead of schedule after he was purchased for around £10 million in the summer from Lille, with the Ligue 1 club taking him on loan for a season.

Rodgers believes his side will be a better team after the midway point of the season, and believes anything is possible if the Reds manage to qualify this evening.

He added: "I know come February, when it starts again, we will be a better team because of the players we’ll have available.

“We have seen that the best team doesn’t always win the competition. You can get a good draw, a bit of luck and, as I’ve said, we will have a good side that can do well come February I am sure.”

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