Redknapp: Liverpool would have beaten Basel with Daniel Sturridge fit

Jamie Redknapp has commented on the importance of Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool after their Champions League exit.

Jamie Redknapp believes Liverpool's Champions League campaign could have gone differently if Daniel Sturridge was available for their match against Basel last night. 

The striker has missed most of the season with a troublesome injury complaint and it has negatively impacted on the Reds' form. 

Their struggles in front of goal were particularly evident last night, as they struggled to break down a resolute Basel side. 

Needing a win to progress, Liverpool put in a tepid performance at Anfield and ended up crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage after a 1-1 draw with their Swiss opponents. 

It was a bitter blow for the Reds to suffer and Redknapp thinks that it may have had a happier ending had Sturridge been available.

"Where I do have sympathy for them is Daniel Sturridge. If Daniel Sturridge plays, Liverpool win that," Redknapp is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail

"The Suarez exit shows just how good that fella is, because he transcended that whole team and the club, and the players around him.

"When you look at them now, you think they're decent players, but with Suarez, they looked like world beaters. I think that's been the difference for them, they've lost him and Sturridge.

"But the players who have come in have to do a lot better."

Sturridge's absence saw Rickie Lambert start up front and the former Southampton man is one of the individuals that Redknapp would have been hoping to see a better display from.

The target man was ineffectual for the first period and hauled off by Brendan Rodgers at half-time. 

The defeat leaves serious questions being asked of Rodgers' future at the club and with a fixture against Manchester United coming up at the weekend things are not getting any easier for the Liverpool boss. 

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