Three Basel players Liverpool must watch out for - including ex-Arsenal target

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Basel and Liverpool go head-to-head in the Champions League tonight, and here are three players for the Reds to be wary of.

Liverpool will be looking for a more convincing display tonight as they travel to Switzerland to face Basel in their second group game of the Champions League.

The Reds marginally saw off Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets Razgrad last time out, with Steven Gerrard converting an injury time penalty to earn a 2-1 win. Since then, Liverpool have lost to West Ham, scraped past Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup and drawn with Everton as Brendan Rodgers' side struggle to gel early on in the season.

Yet Liverpool really need a response tonight, with Basel hoping to spring another surprise on the Reds. Back in 2002, Liverpool were dumped out of the Champions League by the Swiss side in a bizarre 3-3 draw, which saw Basel go 3-0 up inside 30 minutes.

A repeat performance would not be tolerated by Rodgers, and though unlikely, here are three players who could hand Basel another shock result over the Reds.

Fabian Schar

Not necessarily a player who is going to threaten Liverpool consistently tonight, but Schar has goalscoring ability as a centre back. The 22-year-old defender, recently linked with Arsenal and Tottenham, has scored nine goals in just 48 games for Basel and three goals in eight games for Switzerland. That's an impressive goalscoring record for a defender, and Liverpool need to keep an eye on him from set pieces.

Yoichiro Kakitani

Japanese international Kakitani, 24, was linked heavily with Arsenal during his time with Cerezo Osaka, as 41 goals in two seasons attracted attention from a number of clubs. After going to the World Cup with Japan, Kakitani made his move to Europe as Basel snapped him up for around £1.5m, and whilst he may not start against Liverpool, he already has two goals in six appearances for the Swiss side, and could be a dangerous impact player.

Marco Streller

Basel's captain and long-time talisman, Streller is the man who will be looking to profit from Liverpool's defensive frailties. The 33-year-old started his career with Basel before a three-year spell with Stuttgart from 2004 to 2007, but he was eventually back with his former club. Over his career with Basel, Streller has played over 200 games and scored almost 100 goals - and the experienced target man, who headed the winner against Chelsea last season, will be looking to add another giantkilling goal to his collection.

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