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Redknapp: Sterling carries Liverpool's Champions League hopes

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes their Champions League hopes rest on Raheem Sterling.

The Reds need victory over FC Basle to reach the knockout phase.

Redknapp wrote in the Daily Mail: "When I look at Liverpool without Luis Suarez or Daniel Sturridge, they badly lack pace and need Raheem Sterling.

"He turned 20 on Monday and it is a lot to ask for a young man to be their talisman, but he has got to live up to that.

"Liverpool want him getting on the ball, dropping deep and dribbling with it, threatening through the centre off the striker. I don't want to see him out wide that much.

"There are not too many Liverpool players who want to go beyond the opposition, but Sterling is their one player who can change the game in a split second.

"He'll be the man Basle are most afraid of."

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