Steven Gerrard reaches special landmark as Liverpool draw with Basel

Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday evening, following a 1-1 draw with Basel at Anfield, but Steven Gerrard reached a milestone.

Liverpool were eliminated from the Champions League after they were held in their Group B clash against Basel.

The Swiss outfit took a shock lead through Fabian Frei before the break when he was allowed time and space to fire past Simon Mignolet. The Reds needed a win to progress, and despite Steven Gerrard's stunning second-half free-kick, they were unable to find another goal.

The Reds may have maintained the greater share of possession, however, they were unable to capitalise on their dominance. The home side accumulated 480 passes, compared to Basel's 281, yet the visitors were still able to fashion just as many chances and more shots at goal than their Premier League opposition.

  Possession (%)Chances CreatedTotal Shots
Liverpool 61 10 16
Basel 38 10 17

Gerrard scored his 100th goal at Anfield in this tie; an impressive feat for the Merseyside outfit's fan favourite. Nonetheless, this goal was a long time coming, considering the number of shots he had throughout his cameo - of his match-highest five attempts at goal, just two hit the target. 

  Total ShotsGoalsConversion Rate (%)Mins Played
Steven Gerrard 5 1 20% 90

Despite only playing 73 minutes, Lucas Leiva recorded a match-best 96 touches, while fashioning 86 passes - more than any other player. The Brazilian has been a dominant figure since his return to first-team action for the Reds, with his recent performances producing impressive statistics. 

  TouchesTotal PassesPass Accuracy (%)Mins Played
Lucas Leiva 96 86 86 74

Nonetheless, the Reds have now gone eight Champions League games without keeping a clean sheet. This may come as little surprise, considering three of the club's back four - Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel & Glen Johnson - failed to win a tackle until the 54th minute. 

This result also means the Anfield outfit have now been eliminated in consecutive Champions League campaigns at the group stage (2009/10 and this season) - a hugely disappointing conclusion, considering the highs reached by Brendan Rodgers' side throughout the previous campaign.

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