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Basel Are Up For The Fight – Sousa

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Basel boss Paulo Sousa intends to test Liverpool’s resolve to see if they can handle the pressure of their must-win UEFA Champions’ League Group Stage encounter.

The Reds need victory at Anfield on Tuesday in Matchday 6 to progress to the knockout stage of Europe’s elite club competition, but a point will be enough to put the Swiss Super League outfit through at their expense.

Even though they have claimed back-to-back clean sheets in their last two home matches, Liverpool’s confidence remains fragile and Sousa has no intention of playing for a draw.

“We want to put them under pressure because in the last game (their 1-0 win in Switzerland) we were controlling possession and created good opportunities,” he said.

“That is something we want to have. Lots of intensity in our game with and without the ball, and create difficulties which will allow us to have opportunities to score in the game.”

“We will put them more under pressure and hopefully we can have another magical night.”

There has been much debate in recent weeks about the capabilities of the Anfield outfit’s 34-year-old skipper and midfielder Steven Gerrard but Sousa is looking forward to seeing him in the starting line-up.

“I love to see the biggest protagonists on the pitch and he is one of the biggest,” he added.

“I am happy for my players to challenge a player like him.”

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