‘You couldn’t get more of a Pirlo clone in the holding role than Gerrard’

first_img1 Liverpool’s return to the Champions League for the first time in five years has coincided with Manchester United missing out on the tournament for the first time since 1995, so it was inevitable there would be some micky taking between both sets of fans.The Reds were somewhat fortunate to win their first group game and followed it up with an insipid defeat away to Basel, leaving them needing to improve fast before they face Real Madrid home and away in the next two rounds of fixtures.Man United have their own bitter memories of facing the Swiss, having been eliminated from the group stage by Basel in 2011, and some fans of the three-times winners took great delight in Liverpool’s own misery at St Jakob Park… Liverpool limped to a 1-0 defeat at Basel last_img

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