Liverpool need to beat FC Basel to advance to the next round of the Champions LeagueReuters

Liverpool play hosts to FC Basel in their final group fixture of the Champions League as they look to seal a place in the knock-out stages of the competition.

The Reds are facing a must-win situation as they need to beat Basel on Tuesday to book their place in the last sixteen of the Champions League.

Although things are not exactly going very well for the Reds this season, they have been in pretty decent form of late, remaining unbeaten in their last four fixtures in all competitions.

The Merseyside club are nowhere near to the form they were in the last season as they are currently in the ninth place in the Premier League, with only 21 points from their first 15 fixtures.

There has been a lot of speculations surrounding the future of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, with there being reports of the Reds chiefs approaching former Chelsea and Tottenham boss as a possible replacement for the Northern Irishman.

However, Rodgers may be able to buy himself more time if he manages to beat Basel and help the Reds advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The task will certainly not be easy as Basel, who have beaten the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea in the past, have already recorded a win against them in the reverse fixture in Switzerland.

Nevertheless Rodgers despite insisting that Liverpool will not be under-estimating their opponents on Tuesday, said they will be concentrating on winning the game.

"We don't underestimate the opponent. Paolo has done an excellent job," the former Swansea City boss told UEFA's official website. "They are the top side in Switzerland and they show that in their performances. So, we respect them but our objective is to win the game and our focus and our concentration is purely on ourselves to do that."

Rodgers also feels that his side have slowly starting getting their act together after a disastrous start to the new season.

"I think we've shown in the last number of weeks that we are starting to come together again after a disappointing spell. We haven't had the consistency this season but slowly, game by game, I can see the differences in the team, in the focus and the concentration. And what we have in the squad is quality."

The 41-year-old is confident that Liverpool can beat Basel and move to the next round of the Champions League if they are patient and "play a good technical game."

"We have to maintain our patience, play a good technical game – which is what this team has been used to in the past couple of seasons – and, for the tactical element, we always have to have our concentration and focus. If we can do that, I believe we have a great chance, aligned with the supporters and the passion they put in."

Meanwhile, Basel are in a slightly better position as they just need a draw against Liverpool to advance to the next round of the Champions League.

Still Liverpool despite their poor start to the 2014/15 campaign will certainly pose to be a big obstacle in the way of Basel's Champions League progress

Although Basel boss Paulo Sousa acknowledges the difficulty of the task ahead of his side, he is hopeful that his side will be able to get a positive result at Liverpool on Tuesday.

"We know the realities. We know they are a historic club and we know about everything around them – the investments, the quality of the players and the number of years Brendan Rodgers has been here, so he knows the environment," Sousa told UEFA's official website.

"But despite that, our club year-by-year is having success. We have the ambition and courage to keep being successful. We want to do things how we usually do things, with happiness in our game, putting them under pressure and then hopefully we can have another magical night and another historic step for this fantastic club."

Where to Watch Live

The game is scheduled for a 1:15am IST (7:45pm GMT, 2:45pm ET) start, with live coverage on Ten Action in India. The match can also be watched via live streaming online on Ten Sports Live.

Catch the action in the UK live on UTV and ITV 1, with an option to live stream the match online on ITV Player. US viewers can watch the game live on Fox Soccer Plus Fox Sports 1 USA  or online on Fox Soccer 2Go. Audience in Canada can see the tie via live stream on Sportsnet World.

Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match on beIN Sports Arabia 1 HD or via live streaming online, courtesy beIN Sports Connect. South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can see the contest on SuperSport 3 Africa or SuperSport online.

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