There were those who sympathised. They know Basle have always been tricky, especially against the English. These were reasonable people who understood you can’t go missing for five years and just pick up where you left off in 2009. They know it was expected then because Rafa had already earned his stripes at Valencia, while Rodgers is a relative novice.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has warned that no incoming player will be allowed to threaten the “fantastic environment” at the club as Mario Balotelli’s proposed transfer to the Merseyside outfit apparently edges ever closer.