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Paulo Sousa: Basel are up for the fight at Anfield

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Basel manager Paulo Sousa

Basel manager Paulo Sousa

Basel manager Paulo Sousa

Basle coach Paulo Sousa intends to test Liverpool's resolve to see if they can handle the pressure of their must-win Champions League encounter.

The Reds need victory at Anfield to progress to the knockout stage but a point will be enough to put the Swiss 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," said Sousa. "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 Liverpool's 34-year-old captain 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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