Simon Mignolet looking to Liverpool fans for inspiration

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Simon Mignolet believes that a mix of past European Cup glory and the famous Anfield crowd can inspire Liverpool to victory against FC Basel.

The Reds enter tonight's clash two points behind the Swiss champions in Group B and must win if they are to reach the knock-out stages of the Champions League for the first time in six years.

Tuesday's game is one day after the tenth anniversary of the club's famous 3-1 win against Olympiacos in 2004, the same season Liverpool went on to lift the trophy for the fifth time.

That night, the Kop was in full-swing and Mignolet believes that the famous stand will once again be at top volume to inspire a victory.

"It can help us as the fans will be behind us and, as we have seen in the past in Europe, it makes it easier to go forward," he told the club's official website. "Everybody knows we have to get the result to go through to the next round and the crowd can help you.

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"The way they get behind us makes it easier for us and gives us that confidence, and they push us forward like they have done plenty of times before.

"I'm sure they will be behind us again. I've had a few European nights at Anfield now under my belt and I'm sure Anfield will be up and ready again on Tuesday night.

"It's my first season playing in the Champions League and once the song plays before the game it's something special. Our focus is on the job in hand and we are looking forward to it.

"We can't think about do-or-die scenarios as we just have to focus on ourselves and make sure we all do our jobs and be in the best place we possibly can to get the result.

"That's the only thing we can think of and we will see after the game if our performance is enough to get us through to the next round."

Mignolet must improve

For Liverpool to make the last 16 of the competition, there must be improvement from the goalkeeper

The Belgian has had a poor season so far, being on the end of several high error mistakes.

Mignolet is a superb shot-stopper, one of the best in the game and his reaction saves highlight this.

However, coming off his line is where the former Sunderland man's weaknesses are. Too often this term, there have been times when Mignolet has attempted to collect a cross, however, he's mistimed his jump and brought danger to his goal.

Against Ludogorets Razgrad, a dreadful mistake saw the Bulgarian outfit clinch a point and almost made a costly error against Leicester City when miss-kicking and almost gifting Esteban Cambiasso a goal.

Better display all round

It is not just Mignolet, however, who has been under-performing of late.

Liverpool drew 0-0 against Sunderland at the weekend in what was a dismal display. 

Brendan Rodgers' men were incapable of breaking down the Black Cats' defence, creating little chances  throughout the game and lacked ideas going forward.

Guy Poyet told his side to go and play for the draw at Anfield, which his team did fairly easily.

As we've seen so often under Rodgers, Liverpool struggle to break down team's who come to 'park the bus' most notably against Chelsea last season.

Given Basel need just a draw to reach go through, it's likely that they will pile 11 men behind the ball and make it difficult for the home side to score and will look to hit on the counter-attack when the opportunity arises.

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