Five things learned about Liverpool from their Champions League exit against Basel

There was plenty to ponder, in particular for manager Brendan Rodgers, as Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League after failing to beat Basel at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers offered no excuses as the Reds were eliminated from the Champions League following a 1-1 draw against Basel.

Failing to win means they don't advance to the knockout stages, and will instead go into the Europa League which has compounded a disappointing start to the season for the club.

There were several talking points last night including the way the side played, the substitutes selected and the tactics undertaken by the manager.

Here are five things we learned about the Reds from last night's display:

Rodgers didn't use the crowd to its full advantage 

What do I mean by this you may wonder? Rodgers wanted the crowd to play its part last night, and in all fairness it was dire inside Anfield until the last 10 minutes when it appeared that Liverpool could sneak an unlikely win. Three minutes into the game was the first time I recorded silence despite the best efforts of those inside. The start from the home side was pedestrian and frankly gave nothing for the home fans to shout about. 

One only needs to look at past European nights when the Reds have either been underdogs or on the back foot against the likes of Roma, Juventus and Chelsea down the years, Liverpool started quickly and offered a lot of encouragement. It wasn't seen here, nor in either of the other two group stage games.

Manager also appears to have no faith in Fabio Borini

There is more fuss over the past couple of games that the Italian forward hasn't been on the bench, purely because Liverpool haven't won on their past two outings. But to have a 32-year-old striker leading the line for the club for the sixth game in a row, without being substituted in Rickie Lambert, and for that not to be another forward on the bench seems baffling. Borini hasn't set the world alight in the games he has played this season, but he certainly provides another option and cause a nuisance to a back line in the latter stages of a game.  

There is still an element of belief within the camp

There was an interesting tweet that I couldn't help but agree with from Jonathan Northcroft of the Sunday Times where he said that Liverpool started to believe but it was too late. There was a sense of resignation at Anfield last night when Lazar Markovic was sent off just after the hour mark, and only when Steven Gerrard equalised was there a sense the Swiss champions could be got at. The fact the belief came late on is a little alarming, but at the same time, the fact there is some still there is something to cling on to.

Different options are at his disposal, and he needs to use them more

Rodgers has been trying to get the side back to basics lately, and it has worked to a degree but using that option was wrong last night. A Basel side playing three central defenders was always going to have its hands full with players in the wide areas. Looking at the bench last night, one could see there were options available, he used one of them in Markovic who looked bright prior to his sending off. The options need to be used a lot more depending on the opponents put in front of them.

Individuals should be dropped for poor decision making

Basel's goal last night ultimately came as a result of Glen Johnson being slack in possession, it isn't the first time it has happened this season. Yet, the chances are he will feature in some capacity against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Though Javier Manquillo may be a youngster, and eyebrows could be raised if he was selected for the trip against one the Reds' fiercest rivals. If nothing else it would give Johnson a proverbial kick up the backside.

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