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Tom Rostance

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  1. Post update

    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!

  2. 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."

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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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    Dan Walker

    BBC Sport

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

  6. 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."

  7. 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.

  9. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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

  10. Post update


    '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...

  11. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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?

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. 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."

  14. Manager reaction

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

    Brendan Rodgers

    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."

  15. Text us on 81111

    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.

  16. Elsewhere tonight


    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.

  17. Manager reaction

    Galatasaray 1-4 Arsenal

    Aaron Ramsey

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. Post update


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

  20. Post update


    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.

  21. Post update


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

  22. Post update


    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?

  23. Player reaction

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

    Steven Gerrard

    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."

  24. Post update


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

  25. 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.

  26. Post update


    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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  28. Post update


    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
  29. Post update


    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.

  30. 'A wretched campaign'


    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."

  31. Post update


    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
  32. 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.

  33. Post update


    '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...?



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

  35. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

    Raheem Sterling! No.

  36. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

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

  37. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

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

  38. 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.

  39. Post update

    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.

  40. Post update

    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.


    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

    Into the final minute. FOUR MINUTES added on...

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers
  42. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    "Relentless pressure from Liverpool, we're looking at four, maybe five minutes added on."

  43. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

    Deflected - Another corner. Away to Steven Gerrard 25 yards out, strikes but over the top.

  44. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

    Raheem Sterling is in! Great tackle! Fabian Schar toes it behind, the defender, Sterling and goalkeeper all collide and that looks very sore. Maybe a fair old stoppage here. It will be a corner when the dust settles...

  45. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter at Anfield

    "Liverpool transformed with that goal and a cross from the left, Henderson with the header, it took a deflection and the keeper had to dive suddenly to his right to stop it crossing the line.

    "Liverpool giving it a real go."

    Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

    What a stalwart to bring on! Walter Samuel on for Basel in the last few minutes. What a player he was back in the day...

  47. Elsewhere tonight

    Group B

    Real Madrid will advance to the last 16 with a perfect 18 points. Alvaro Arbeloa just about sweeps the ball over the line to register the defending champions' third against a tiring Ludogorets.

  48. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

    Is that in?! OOhhh..

    Jordan Henderson goes up for a header, it's deflected, wrongfoots the keeper - but just grabbed on the line. Got to go big now. Get it in there!

  49. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    James Waller: It's going to be Olympiakos all over again

    Tom Miszkowski: Liverpool need a big target man to lump the ball up to for the last 10 mins, get Ricky Lambert on. Oh wait a minute..

  50. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

    Chance! Liverpool almost blow it again as Taulant Xhaka gets in behind their defence - but he leans back and slices wide. That was close.

  51. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

    Strike! Luca Zuffi with the quick feet to get a shot away but Simon Mignolet makes a good save. Basel in absolutely no rush to take the throw-in...

  52. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jeremiah Kareuki: The epic, invincible and exceptional Steven Gerrard! He saves the night for the Kops with a screamer of a free kick.

    James Standen: Beautiful freekick!!! Beckham style. Sense another night

  53. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

    Even the most loyal Liverpool fan must agree that sometimes the whole 'Steven Gerrard saviour' act wears a bit thin. But he just delivers so often when he really needs to. It is incredible.

    Anfield rocking now as the 10 men win a corner, but this one is poor.

    Liverpool seven minutes away from elimination still. They need one more.

  54. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield

    "Finally Anfield is alive and there is hope - and no prizes for guessing the man who is threatening to dig Liverpool out of this hole. Steven Gerrard did it 10 years ago against Olympiakos and has given Liverpool a chance of reaching the knockout phase."

  55. 5 live Football Social

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    Once the final whistle sounds tonight, it's your chance to have your say in the 5 live Football Social.

    Get involved by calling 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live

  56. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter at Anfield

    "Only one person, when Liverpool needed him most - Steven Gerrard delivers in a red shirt.

    "The 10 men of Liverpool have hope and it was an exquisite free-kick that gave the keeper no chance."

  57. GOAL

    Liverpool 1-1 Basel - Steven Gerrard

    Incredible! He just does it time and time again! At the Kop End, his team on its knees, and Steven Gerrard delivers the most brilliant free-kick. Into the top corner, off the inside of the post in fact. It could not be better placed.

    Liverpool still need one more. But they believe now...

  58. Elsewhere tonight

    Juventus and Atletico madrid

    Atletico Madrid and Juventus's cosy 0-0 - a scoreline that sends both through - is still in place in Group A

    Olympiakos, who are leading Malmo 2-1, would go through if they hang on and Juve fall behind, but that doesn't look likely so far.

    Monaco are set to take Group C top spot, after moving 1-0 up on Zenit through Aymen Abdennour's close-range header.

  59. Text us on 81111

    Dan in Mansfield: Rodgers has been found out. No crosses coming in when Lambert was playing. Second half, take him off and start crossing. Clueless.

  60. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Just two shots on target for Liverpool all night - but they do have a free-kick just outside the area. One for Steven Gerrard?

  61. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Harry Stephenson: Coutinho is on 73 minutes too late.

  62. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    A bit of head-scratching on the BBC Football desk as we try and work out where Philippe Coutinho is playing. The answer is a lot deeper than he should be. Raheem Sterling remains isolated and alone up front as the 10 men try and find a breakthrough.

  63. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jake Saunders: Liverpool don't even deserve the Europa League. We're like a sickly old dog that just needs putting down.

    Ben Oliver: Markovic will also miss LFC's next three Champions League games as well, that's the funny side of it.

  64. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Basel have been as impressive as Liverpool have been underwhelming tonight. The Swiss side look well in control as we approach the last 10 minutes. A draw would still be enough for them to go through.

  65. Text us on 81111

    James in Midhurst: Liverpool being found out tonight and this season. Carried by Suarez last season as we all said. Drawing board beckons.

    Chris in Tonbridge: Basel right back has been in Liverpool half more than Moreno and Johnson put together


    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Philippe Coutinho is on for Liverpool, holding midfielder Lucas makes way, while Basel hand teenage strike sensation Breel Embolo the last 15 minutes.

  67. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ashton Moore: If Liverpool get through to the next round now, I'm calling my first child Brendan. Regardless of gender.

  68. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Steven Gerrard now pretty much playing up front and he cracks a shot well wide from 25 yards. Hit and hope time.

    We have just over 15 minutes left though. Plenty of time. In theory, anyway.

  69. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter at Anfield

    "The crowd are now further enraged with the referee as Gerrard tried to go around the keeper and was felled.

    "But, it looked as though he got a touch there ahead of Gerrard despite the Kop's cries for a penalty."

    Steven Gerrard appeals for a penalty

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Liverpool start to commit men forwards, Steven Gerrard gets through for the first time and goes down! Is that a penalty?

    Nothing given by referee Bjorn Kuipers, and the replay shows it's a great call. Goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik got to the ball first, pushing it against Gerrard and away.

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
  71. Elsewhere tonight

    Group D

    Ciro Immobile

    Arsenal fans hoping for a landslide win to overhaul Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Group D can, at least for the moment, put away their calculators.

    The Germans are back two points clear at the top as it stands thanks to Ciro Immobile, who rattles home a finish from Nuri Sahin's pass.

  72. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    As it stands, Basel will join Real Madrid in the last 16. Liverpool heading into the Europa League.

  73. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter at Anfield

    "A tactical change now with three at the back. Moreno has pushed on in to the midfield and Henderson now on the right of midfield."

  74. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Martin Skrtel gets the ball in space 35 yards from goal, he has little or no options ahead of him so has a swing at it and cracks a drive just wide! Good hit.

    Shooting from range looks like the only dish on the menu now though.

  75. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Liam Mullane: At least we know what Rodgers' excuse will be at FT. Papering the cracks

    Ricky Lee Everett: That's the daft red card you'd expect from Super Mario, what was Markovic thinking? #donut


    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Dejan Lovren is into the book now for a cynical tug on the dynamic Taulant Xhaka. Liverpool have 24 minutes left to save their Champions League campaign.

  77. Text us on 81111

    Will in East Dulwich: I hope Rodgers doesn't use that decision as an excuse. Liverpool are poor and his team selection worse still.

  78. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Anfield

    "Desperate for Liverpool now. Complete over-reaction from Basel's Behrang Safari but what on earth was Lazar Markovic thinking about? Even more frustrating because he had actually shown signs of why Liverpool were tempted to spend £20m on him in the summer."

  79. Text us on 81111

    Alex in Fulham: Unbelievable decision. Think these European referees are far too soft...

    Luke in Portsmouth: Unfortunately, that's the state of European football. They are, and always have been, far more open to gamesmanship - we English refuse to sink to this level, but often it's too our detriment.

    I'm not sure that's always the case Luke!

  80. Elsewhere tonight

    Group B

    Cristiano Ronaldo is just two behind Lionel Messi's Champions League goal tally of 74 following his first-half penalty. At home to a Ludogorets side who are down to 10 men, should be a shooting gallery, but so far the Bulgarian side are riding their luck and are just 2-0 down in the Bernabeu.

  81. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter at Anfield

    "A controversial sending off. Basically just a swipe of the arm as Lazar Markovic tried to run away from Behrang Safari.

    "I don't think he touched him with his fingertips, but the referee has deemed it violent conduct and Liverpool have now lost an attacking player while still needing to score twice."

  82. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Steven Gerrard's name is being sung loudly from the Kop now. More in hope than expectation.

    If Gerrard can carry his side through from here, time to rename that new stand after him...

  83. RED CARD

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel - Lazar Markovic

    Brendan Rodgers cannot believe it, cradling his head in his hands, as substitute Lazar Markovic is shown a straight red card. It's so soft too, Markovic flicking out his arm to fend off Behrang Safari, and the Swedish full-back goes down holding his face. There was minimal contact, but enough for referee Bjorn Kuipers to send the winger off.

    What else can go wrong tonight for Liverpool?

    Lazar Markovic sees red
  84. Text us on 81111

    Mark in Cheshire: Are we really playing 4-6-0 now? Needing to score twice? They say there is a fine line between genius and insanity.

    James in Liverpool: This has the dreaded feeling of Chelsea last year, camped on the edge of the box, cannot score or even create good openings.

  85. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Unlucky! Brilliant play from Basel right-back Taulant Xhaka, carving through the centre of the pitch, beating two men for pace and then strength before firing in a left-footed daisy cutter. Low and bobbly, it has Simon Mignolet worried all the way and eventually trickles inches wide of the corner.

  86. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Callum Johnstone: Taking off the aerial threat that is Rickie Lambert and they start crossing it….. #Clueless

  87. Text us on 81111

    Mo in Manchester: You heard it here first, we'll be 2-0 down by 90 minutes and still be passing across our defence.

  88. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Lazar Markovic has raised the crowd at least. He is very direct, looking for the run or shot at every turn, cracking in two efforts from 20 yards which are both well blocked. Entering the last half hour. The third act of this night of drama. Time for some late fireworks?

  89. Text us on 81111

    Simon in Sussex: Joe Allen patrolling the midfield with all the presence and attacking intent of an empty bag of crisps blowing across a playground

  90. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Neat play on the edge of the box from Liverpool but again, when Raheem Sterling gets a cross in there is nobody in red inside the penalty box. Too easy to defend against.

    Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling
  91. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter at Anfield

    "They're getting exasperated, the Liverpool supporters as they still need two goals to go through.

    "They're lacking that composure in possession and now Raheem Sterling is that focal point in attack after Rickie Lambert was substituted.

    "Basel are still attacking and are very organised. Paulo Sousa is telling his team to get back every time they give the ball away."

  92. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Lazar Markovic is at least trying out there. Every time he gets the ball he puts his head down and runs for his life, but there is nobody ahead of him and he eventually falls over his own feet. Liverpool look pretty much clueless at the moment.

  93. Elsewhere tonight

    Forget German efficiency, the Monaco model is the minimalist way to make the last 16.

    The French side have scored just two and conceded only one in their first five Group C games. Their sixth, at home to Zenit St Petersburg, is, perhaps unsurprisingly, 0-0 at half-time.

    As it stands, Dimitar Berbatov's mob are going through behind Bayer Leverkusen.

  94. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Alberto Moreno puts in a fine first-time cross, right into the space where a number nine would be standing. Rickie Lambert was replaced at the break however, so the ball bounces harmlessly away for a throw in on the far side.

  95. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Mark Duffell: An unproven winger and a full back on. One of Lallana and Coutinho to miss out? Was Brendan watching the first half?

  96. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jamie Warman: Did Lovren come with a receipt?

    It's Christmas time. Perhaps there is an extended returns period?

  97. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Lazar Markovic is out on the right wing. He hasn't delivered since his summer move but a nice brace tonight and all shall be forgiven. The Basel fans are making a right din in the Anfield Road end. They are enjoying this, and it could be at least one more away trip to come for them...

  98. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    James Brandon: Enrique a complete passenger in the first half, not surprised to see him off.

    Tom Wylie: We need two goals at least so let's bring on a defender and a player who hasn't scored this season! Clueless Rodgers!

  99. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    A reminder of how Liverpool now line up. Looks like Raheem Sterling is playing up front, but there is no out-and-out striker. Switched on? Or stupid?

    Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Johnson, Moreno, Lovren, Skrtel, Lucas, Allen, Henderson, Gerrard, Sterling, Markovic.

  100. KICK-OFF

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Under way at a sodden Anfield. Steven Gerrard has a very early strike, wide from 25 yards.


    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Chasing two goals, Liverpool have taken off their only striker Rickie Lambert. He is replaced by Lazar Markovic, while Alberto Moreno replaces Jose Enrique at left-back. False nine time?

    Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert
  102. Post update

    Galatasaray 0-3 Arsenal

    No such worries for Arsenal tonight, the Gunners in cruise control after scoring one of the great Champions League goals.

    Follow that match here.

  103. Text us on 81111

    David in London: Terrible from Liverpool. Why does Rodgers start with three mainly defensive midfielders, and two defensive, slow full backs? Lallana, Coutinho and the two Spanish full backs should all be playing. Rodgers, I'm afraid I've lost faith in you.

    Sarah in Coventry: Given up on Liverpool to watch Criminal Minds. Add your own massacre joke.....

  104. Elsewhere tonight

    Half-time whistles peeping around the continent and it has not been one of the all-time great halves of Champions League football.

    Seven games have so far produced just seven goals.

    Arsenal have three of them, leading Galatasaray 3-0. Real Madrid have two of them, leading Ludogorets 2-0. And Basel have one to put them ahead at Anfield.

    Olympiakos's David Fuster has got the only other one so far to put his side up on Malmo.

    It will be good enough to earn the Greeks Europa league football, but no more, as it stands. That is because Juventus are holding Atletico Madrid to a 0-0 draw, a scoreline good enough to take the Italians through.

  105. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (22) made more touches in the first half than striker Rickie Lambert (17). For a side who need to win, that is not ideal...

  106. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Mike Fisher: No need for two defensive midfielders for Liverpool, one should be enough freeing the other to push on

    Lew Daney: In the second half we attack the Kop end, that should do the trick, right?...... right?

  107. 'A massive ask'

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    QPR goalkeeper Rob Green on Radio 5 live: "It is going to be a big ask now, a massive ask. Basel are no mugs, they've kept it tight at the back and made it really difficult for Liverpool. Whoever comes on for Liverpool is going to find it tough because they need to hit the ground running and make an impact."

  108. Text us on 81111

    Kevin Keats in Bradford: Any danger of Liverpool turning up? Can't remember seeing a good first half performance this season. Abject.

    Jack in Lancashire: Really poor team selection from Rodgers tonight. No creativity and more concerned about not conceding than scoring.

  109. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Liverpool played 102 more passes than Basel in that first half but you would never have guessed. The Swiss side cutting through at will at times. As it stands, they are heading into the last 16.

  110. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Anfield

    "A doom-laden Anfield response to the half-time whistle. Liverpool have been dreadful, lacking movement, pace and confidence. There has been a complete absence of creativity so it may not be too long before Phillipe Coutinho and Adam Lallana are introduced.

    "It will take quite a transformation because Basel have looked more likely to add a second than Liverpool have to equalise."

  111. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Liverpool v Basel
  112. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    "Liverpool need to find two goals in the second half, but they also need to drastically improve.

    "After an initial bright start, they've lacked composure and style to their play.

    "In contrast, Basel going forward have been a real threat and Fabian Frei's fierce left-foot shot was no more than they deserved.

    "Not good enough for Liverpool. As it stands, they're going out."

  113. On the bench

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Liverpool need two goals in 45 minutes to keep the Champions League dream alive.

    So who is on the bench? No Fabio Borini. No Mario Balotelli. No Neil Mellor and no Florent Sinama-Pongolle. Unfortunately.

    Brendan Rodgers does have Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic up his sleeves.

  114. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Nathan Coleclough: It's not crisp, sharp or clinical. Glimmer of hope is the pace of Sterling.

    Ludo Bennett-Jones: We used to have Alonso and Mascherano marshalling midfield . Now it's Lucas and Allen. It's just depressing!

  115. Post update

    Apparently this is the first time in Champions League history that two Welshmen have scored on the same day (Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey).

    Where were you Mark Pembridge and Barry Horne?

  116. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tom Wylie: Anfield quiet, Rodgers clueless and only 3 players are good enough! We can say goodbye to the Champions League now!

    David Goodman: Can't see Liverpool getting remotely close to what they need playing like this

  117. HALF-TIME

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Not good enough from Liverpool. Not good enough by a long, long way.

  118. Elsewhere tonight

    Group B

    Gareth Bale

    First, Cristiano Ronaldo allowed Gareth Bale to take a free-kick 20 yards from goal, now the Welshman is getting in on big Ron's salmon-leap, bullet-header routine.

    He didn't have much marking to put him off his stride mind you. In off the bar from a near-post corner and Real Madrid are two to the good against Ludogorets.


    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Almost goodnight and game over! Shklezen Gashi strokes into the net for a second Basel goal - but the hosts are rescued by a correct offside flag. Liverpool need half-time to regather and regroup.

  120. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tim Arstall: Painful to see Gerrard playing this badly, couple of passes uncharacteristically way off the mark already

    Simon Levy: So much for the famous European atmosphere at Anfield. Don't hear any criticism of the Liverpool fans though...

  121. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    I like the look of Basel number seven Luca Zuffi, busy and bright, popping up in the hole and always in space too. He's looked infinitely more dangerous than anyone in a red shirt so far tonight.

    The rain lashes down onto Brendan Rodgers' face, adding insult to injury.

  122. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tim Horgan: @LFC need Lallana and Coutinho, there's no intelligence going forward and they're as bad at the back as usual

  123. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter at Anfield

    "Frustrating with a capital F for Liverpool and if anyone is going to score another goal it's going to be Basel.

    "Liverpool are struggling to create any sort of an opening, they need to score twice remember."

  124. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tim Ness: As much as it pains me to say it, it looks like Gerrard's legs have gone at this level

    Jamie Miller: If we're honest, LFC don't deserve to go through from this group, sub-par performances and a lack of CL quality throughout.

  125. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    All over the place. Liverpool's defence is ragged as you like as they hack and dice away at a left-wing cross, Martin Skrtel eventually getting some part of his body in the right place to block a stinging low drive. A second Basel goal would have the Reds fans looking at Europa League draw details.

  126. Elsewhere tonight

    Group A

    Patrice Evra and Juanfran

    It is still scoreless at the Juventus Stadium. If it remains that way until full-time the hosts will advance to the last 16 behind opponents Atletico Madrid.

    Olympiakos are keeping up the pressure on the Italian champions. They have taken the lead at home to Malmo through David Fuster with former Fulham man Pajtim Kasami getting an assist.

  127. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Steven Gerrard pops a crossfield pass out to the right which Glen Johnson can't control. Gerrard lets rip with a mouthful of Scouse - that's just not good enough. Liverpool need to raise their game by at least 50% here. Basel look in total comfort.

  128. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter at Anfield

    "There's only one team in this at the moment and Basel deserve their lead.

    "Liverpool are struggling to create chances."

  129. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    How Liverpool could do with an Aaron Ramsey style moment of inspiration now. As it is, their Swiss visitors are outstaying their welcome, popping the ball around with ease, feasting on the home side's sense of insecurity.

    And that could be 2-0! Captain Marco Streller doesn't know whether to head or volley at the back post and ends up shinning a good chance wide.

    Brendan Rodgers wears the look of a man who has just realised it's 5pm on Christmas Eve and he has yet to start his shopping.

    It's not impossible. There is still time. But he is in for a horrible hour...

  130. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield

    "Nerves were jangling here at Anfield even before Fabien Frei's goal. This has been edgy on the pitch and off, a situation not helped by the uncertainty of Liverpool's defence and the lack of assurance offered by keeper Simon Mignolet.

    "Plenty of time for Liverpool to still pull this around but they will have to show a lot more than they have up to now and frustration is mounting inside Anfield."

  131. Post update

    Galatasaray v Arsenal

    Aaron Ramsey has just scored a goal good enough to win the Champions League outright. Give him a medal right now.

    Head to the match page here.

    Aaron Ramsey scores for Arsenal
  132. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Matthew Harmonyx: It might seem harsh...but Mignolet at fault there. Puts his defence under absolutely needless pressure with a short throw

    Daniel Woodley: Basel have deserved that. Liverpool's defence has been a bag of nerves since the start. I would be with Lovren at the back

    Loz Smith: No speed for Liverpool in the passing, thinking, pressing or anything else. Need a Christmas miracle if we don't up the tempo.

  133. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Fabian Frei has now scored at Anfield, Old Trafford and White Hart Lane. The scourge of Premier League sides.

    It was thoroughly deserved too, the Swiss side well on top for the last 10 minutes or so. What can the Reds do about this? Raheem Sterling hits a shot right at the keeper.

  134. Elsewhere tonight

    Real Madrid 1-0 Ludogorets

    This could be the start of a long night for Ludogorets.

    Marcelinho, stationed on the line, sticks out an arm to block Raphael Varane's goal-bound header. Although Gareth Bale thrashes home the loose ball, the referee has already blown up to pluck out the red card, point to the spot and give Cristiano Ronaldo a 12-yard set-piece.

    The Real kingpin trots up and clips the spot-kick down the middle. Real lead 1-0.

  135. Post update

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter at Anfield

    "No surprise that the Swiss champions have taken the lead.

    "A super goal from Fabian Frei. He took it down well with a great left-foot shot.

    "They only need a point, they're on course for all three."

    Fabian Frei celebrates for Basel
  136. GOAL

    Liverpool 0-1 Basel - Fabian Frei

    It had been coming, you have to say! Basel lead and it's a lovely finish at the Kop end. Fabian Frei plays a give-and-go with dangerman Luca Zuffi before cracking in left-footed from 20 yards. Right into the corner.

    Liverpool need two goals to go through...

  137. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Basel

    Telegraph chief sports writer Paul Hayward on Twitter: Fire and brimstone from the crowd for Raheem Sterling as he plays a bad ball in the box. Not much patience here with this Liverpool side.