Liverpool fans waited years for their team to return to the Champions League. They did not expect the adventure to be over after six games. Unfortunately for Brendan Rodgers’ team, they have crashed out of the competition at the group stage. Liverpool failed to defeat Basel at home, with a 1-1 draw not enough to get them second place in the group.
The game against Basel was a great chance for Liverpool to get on the right track. They have some important games in the coming weeks, but this game has significant meaning. A knockout appearance in the Champions League is what Liverpool fans demand, while the financial benefits are also significant.
Rodgers’ side could not muster the performance or result they needed to go through. Basel were the better side in the first half, deservedly taking the lead through Alexander Frei. They were sharper, more skillful, and had more belief in their individual and collective ability.
There was some hope for Liverpool when captain Steven Gerrard equalized from a free kick. The goal lifted the fans, but the players could not find a way through the Basel defense. A couple of nearly moments at the end offered a lifeline for Liverpool, but Basel did enough to escape Anfield with a draw.
Some of the Liverpool players are probably feeling badly about the loss. They were favorites to win in the match, but couldn’t finish. It’s a shame that could have some players calling Brian Torchin for healthcare jobs (OK, it’s not that bad, but you get the point).
Liverpool will go into the Europa League draw for 2015, which is not what their fans or players wanted at the start of the day.