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Summary

  1. Liverpool fail to reach knockout stage
  2. Reds go into Europa League
  3. Gerrard scores sublime free-kick
  4. Substitute Markovic shown straight red

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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The exciting stages are certainly still to come David. The draw is on Monday with some truly mouth-watering ties on the cards.

Join us tomorrow as Manchester City aim to secure their place in the last 16.

Good night!

Pundit reaction

Galatasaray 1-4 Arsenal

David Pleat

Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live

"Arsenal have beaten Galatasaray twice by four goals, who've conceded 16 goals without winning a game.

"They've definitely been the poor relations of that group.

"Before a ball was kicked, we'd have said Arsenal and Dortmund would go through. There's a bit of glamour gone form the group stage when we have an assumption of who will go through.

"Generally speaking, it goes to form and the exciting stages of the Champions League are yet to come."

Indeed Niklas. The Swiss league may be under-rated. Every time I've seen Basel (which is admittedly those eight occasions), they look a very decent outfit indeed.

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Niklas Lanwehr: What is it with Basel and Premier League opposition? 4w, 4d against L'pool, Chelsea, Utd, Spurs in the last 4 years

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At a Christmas meal tonight. Do I need to call Mrs Yeboah about Aaron Ramsey? #thronker

Pundit reaction

Liverpool 1-1 Basel

David Pleat

Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:

"We often talk about why teams aren't pro-active rather than reactive. It's so important to go and get the first goal and put your opposition on the back foot.

"It's important to play that opening 20 minutes with tempo. It's something Arsenal have been good at in recent years, but Liverpool didn't deliver that tonight.

"Liverpool had to be reactive in the second half as they were so poor in the first."

Who's in the last 16?

Just two spots available in the last 16 now, with Manchester City hoping to be able to take one of those.

Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Real Madrid, Basel, Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain, Barcelona, Chelsea, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk.

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Kevin in Hornchurch: Liverpool post Suarez and Spurs post Bale have spent £250 million between them and you couldn't say a combined team would win anything. Simply shocking investment of funds. Modern day football as we know it. Laughable as it is scandalous.

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John Shaw: The only mistake Rodgers made with Lallana was buying him in the 1st place

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'The fingernail barely touched his nose'. Not a quote you hear from a manager very often, but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is not happy about that red card shown to Lazar Markovic.

'The Europa League is still a prestigious tournament' - there's another quote you don't hear very often...

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Alexander Green: Arsenal fans keen to get rid of Wenger should maybe look at Liverpool and realise what he achieves isn't that easy

Charlie Varley: That may well be Steven Gerrard's last ever Champions League match. Is this goodbye to one of Europe's greatest?

Galatasaray 1-4 Arsenal

Arsenal's list of potential opponents reads like a horror film.

Both Madrid sides, Barcelona or PSG, Bayern Munich, Monaco and Porto are all on the list.

Manager reaction

Galatasaray 1-4 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger on the disappointment of finishing second in the group: "We won four games, lost one and had one draw. Looking back, we can maybe regret that point at home to Anderlecht.

"There's some great teams in the draw for the last 16 and we need to wait and see who we get."

Manager reaction

Liverpool 1-1 Basel

Brendan Rodgers
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers speaking to ITV Sport: "We have to fight going forward to be in this competition next season. We are not too far off the top four and, if we get there, we will be better in it next season. The possibility of January signings is something to discuss with the owners, but there was a big investment in the summer. We have been unlucky with injuries to key players who are important to the way that we play, but that is to take nothing away from the players tonight who have put everything into the game."

On Lazar Markovic's sending off:" I thought it was an awful decision, I thought the referee was poor tonight to say the least. Young Markovic has come on and been bright and, although he has put his hand out, it was not a sending off. The referee has seen the lad lying on the floor holding his face, but I don't know if he has seen the actual incident."

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Rich in Hampshire: Away at Man Utd, a tricky league cup tie at Bournemouth and then home to Arsenal - it's not going to get any easier for Liverpool.

Elsewhere tonight

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Full-times blowing around the grounds and this is who have booked their places in the last 16.

In Group A, Atletico Madrid and Juventus are through after sharing a goalless draw in Turin.

In Group C, Monaco go through as group winners, despite scoring only scoring four goals across their six games. Half of those came tonight in a 2-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg which leapfrogged them over Bayer Leverkusen in second.

It briefly looked as though Arsenal might overhaul Borussia Dortmund at the top of Group D after a early slew of goals against Galatasaray, but the Gunners ran out of steam and now settle for second place on goal difference.

Manager reaction

Galatasaray 1-4 Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey
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Arsene Wenger on Aaron Ramsey's second goal of the night: "When he took the shot I thought that was maybe not the best idea, but the way he took it, it flew in.

"The goals he is scoring is linked to his performances at the moment and that certainly helps his confidence to score goals like that."

You need to see Aaron Ramsey's second goal tonight. Wow doesn't cover it.

Manager reaction

Galatasaray 1-4 Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaking to Sky Sports: "There's a little bit of frustration that we have finished runners-up, but we knew at half time we needed to score six goals without conceding.

"Fortunately, it wasn't enough, we finished with 13 points and did the job tonight.

"We came out strong and that's what I wanted from these players."

Read further reaction, match report and your thoughts on the Arsenal game here.

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Will Liverpool be back in the Champions League next season? They are six points short of the top four as it stands.

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers starts his interview by pointing out that it has been five or six years since Liverpool were in the Champions League but 'we'll be better next season.'

His players are giving their all, he says. Full reaction to come.

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Anfield is empty, bar a few Swiss fans full of the joys of winter. Every group winner will fancy a clash with Basel though...

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We are just waiting for Brendan Rodgers to face the music now. Will he concede that his team selection was not quite right? Should he have had a striker on the bench?

Player reaction

Liverpool 1-1 Basel

Steven Gerrard
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Steven Gerrard speaking to ITV Sport: "I still knew after I scored that it was going to be difficult with 10 men and running out of time, but it gave us some hope and, as the manager said, the first half was not good enough and we had to go down fighting.

"I have not seen the sending off, but I have heard it was harsh. It made it harder because we could have made it hell for Basel in the final stages with 11 men.

"I don't think we deserved better. We have not gone out because of this performance, we weren't good enough away to Basel and we let in a silly goal away to Ludogorets. You qualify over six games and we have not been good enough.

"We need to get our main striker Daniel Sturridge back and get some more goals in the side. We need to get Mario Balotelli back and firing. That is not to take away anything from the lads who have played tonight and have slogged their guts out.

"Rickie Lambert has ran himself into the ground tonight, but it has just been a game too far tonight and that has been because of a lack of numbers."

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Out of sorts, injured players, confidence concerns? Liverpool face Manchester United at the weekend...

Arsenal cruise through

Galatasaray 1-4 Arsenal

If you need to respond to criticism after a weekend defeat then registering three goals inside half an hour is probably the way to go about your business.

Arsenal were already into the last-16 before tonight's results and though Dortmund's draw with Anderlecht ensures the Gunner finish second in Group D, they can draw confidence from the manner in which they dealt with a trip to Turkey.

The draw comes on Monday. Arsenal will hope they are not punished for failing to top the group.

Follow all of the reaction to Arsenal's win here.

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The Basel players are saluted by the roaring away end as Anfield empties out around them. To qualify from this group is a very good effort from the Swiss side.

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says his side didn't have the legs in the last 15 minutes because of a very harsh red card for Lazar Markovic.

He does say though that his side do not deserve to qualify.

Full quotes to come.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard consoles Jordan Henderson
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Premier League sides may be getting plenty more tough groups if they keep this up. The Premier League's coefficient is falling like shares on the Wall Street Crash.

'A wretched campaign'

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BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield

"Steven Gerrard tried his best but Liverpool fell way short on the night, with only a late rally with defender Martin Skrtel thrown up front in desperation getting Anfield going.

"This has been a wretched Champions League campaign for Liverpool, with only one win from six games. On that basis there can be no complaints from manager Brendan Rodgers or his players."

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It's Thursday-Sunday-Thursday-Sunday time from now on for Liverpool and their fans then. At least this year the winners of the Europa League are handed a Champions League berth.

Will Brendan Rodgers go for it? Did he go for it tonight?

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
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Elsewhere tonight

Real Madrid are racking up a few extras late on. Alvaro Medran, on in place of Gareth Bale, slots in the defending champions' unanswered fourth against Ludogorets.

Over the way, Borussia Dortmund have been pegged back by a Aleksandar Mitrovic goal for Anderlecht, but with Arsenal 'only' beating Galatasaray 4-1 the Germans are still top of the group.

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'You'll Never Walk Alone' is sung heartily by some fans on the Kop but that was painful viewing for most of the evening. Liverpool will play in the Europa League. Even worse than going out altogether...?

FULL-TIME

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It's finished at one apiece. Liverpool are out. Basel go through.

Liverpool 1-1 Basel

Raheem Sterling! No.

Liverpool 1-1 Basel

Heads in hands in the stands. Bad touch. Gone.

Liverpool 1-1 Basel

Jordan Henderson with the 20-yard strike - saved! Seven or eight men in the box for Liverpool now...

CLOSE!

Liverpool 1-1 Basel

Get it to Raheem Sterling. Give pace a chance. Sterling beats his man, puts it in low and hard - and Martin Skrtel meets it! Wide! Good effort on the stretch but wide.

Liverpool 1-1 Basel

Got to go forward, got to go forward. Poor touch though from Jordan Henderson and Basel counter - the cross comes in and a white shirt is close to reaching it!

Two minutes left.

Liverpool 1-1 Basel

Basel through - this game has lost its head now - and Breel Embolo is well denied by Simon Mignolet at his near post. Next goal wins now, playground stuff.