BASEL, Switzerland (AFP) – Liverpool are confident that they can put a frustrating run of domestic form behind them when they face FC Basel in Switzerland in the Champions League Group B on Wednesday.
The Reds are currently languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League, with Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Everton in the Merseyside derby, in which they conceded a stoppage-time equaliser to a stunning Phil Jagielka strike, following three defeats in their opening five matches.
But midfielder Jordan Henderson believes the performance against Everton, which featured a marvellous Steven Gerrard free-kick to put Liverpool in front, means they can go to the St Jakob-Park in a confident frame of mind.
“I don’t think it’ll affect us because the performance level was very good,” said the midfielder, who along with Liverpool colleagues Raheem Sterling and Rickie Lambert played in England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland in Basel in a Euro 2016 qualifier just three weeks ago.
“We’ve got to take the positives out of that. The goal was in the top corner so we’ve just got to keep going and keep playing like that.
“If we keep putting in performances like that we’ll win more than we don’t.”
Liverpool go to Switzerland having started their Group B campaign with a 2-1 win against Ludogorets Razgrad of Bulgaria two weeks ago, although they required an injury-time Gerrard penalty to get the three points in their first match in the competition for five years.
Brendan Rodgers’s side are on paper strongly fancied to progress to the last 16 along with Real Madrid but a slip-up on Wednesday would put them under pressure ahead of a double-header against the defending European champions.