Brendan Rodgers expects ‘huge’ atmosphere for crucial Basel game

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Brendan Rodgers expects ‘huge’ atmosphere when Liverpool face Basel on Tuesday…

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers fully expects ‘huge support’ when his team take on Basel on Tuesday, in a must win Champions League group stage clash at Anfield.

The Reds boss, who is quoted by our official website, believes the supporters’ passion can inspire his players to success, and ensure progress to the competition’s knockout stages.

“We will get great support and there will be energy,” Rodgers told reporters. “I remember against Zenit St Petersburg [in 2013] we needed to win by two goals and went 1-0 down early on which meant we had to win by three. We then came back to win the game 3-1.

“We could not muster that last goal. But it showed then that the support and the players coming together can be a real force. I am looking at that as being a big advantage for us. I am really looking forward to the atmosphere.

“Those games at the end of last season show it is important you stay calm. Lots of other teams have lots of experience in the competition. But the only way you get that experience is by being in it.”

Anfield saw a similar scenario play out in the 2004-05 season, when the Reds came from behind to beat Olympiacos 3-1 thanks to a last minute Steven Gerrard pile-driver, and all Liverpool fans will remember what went on to happen that season.

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