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Liverpool Bows Out After Basel Draw

Liverpool Bows Out After Basel Draw

Steven Gerrard could not haul 10-man Liverpool into the knockout stages of the Champions League as Basel drew 1-1 at Anfield.

Paulo Sousa’s team only required a draw to seal second place in Group B behind Real Madrid but dominated the first half either side of Fabian Frei’s 25th-minute strike.

Ten years ago this week, Liverpool famously overturned the odds in their final group game to beat Olympiacos 3-1 and qualify en route to eventual 2005 Champions League glory in Istanbul.

But a disjointed performance meant similar heroics felt highly unlikely on Tuesday, even before substitute Lazar Markovic was sent off 15 minutes after being introduced.

Gerrard, who scored decisively a decade ago, made Anfield dream again with a brilliant 81st-minute free-kick.

Jordan Henderson’s deflected header almost found the net four minutes from time, although five consecutive winless outings means Liverpool’s European campaign will now continue at Europa League level.

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