For the first time in ten matches, Liverpool have finally lost a game against a Swiss opponent. The only goal of the game came in the second half when Liverpool's achilles heel - corners - was exposed for the umpteenth time this season.
Martin Skrtel lost his man, sending a header back to Simon Mignolet. Outstretched, Mignolet could only parry the ball back into play and Marco Streller took advantage of the fortuitous drop by smashing the ball into the unguarded net.
The goal was scored early in the second half (52nd minute) when Basel had wrestled authority of the game away from a sleepy Liverpool.
In the 49th minute Basel had a penalty claim turned down after Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have fairly tackled an opposing player.
Immediately after, Ahmed Hamoudi was put through on goal; though he didn't score, Marco Streller was on hand to put away the resulting corner.
It could have been an entirely different result if Liverpool had taken their chances.
As early as the 2nd minute, Raheem Sterling had a goal ruled out for offside. His misfortune soon turned to profiligacy as he twice broke though unmarked into the box, only for an uncharacteristic poor ball control to let him down when otherwise he'd have shot for goal.
Likewise, Mario Balotelli looked the most likely to score (after Sterling). A rasping long range free-kick was too hot too handle, though Lazar Markovic's follow up was rather poor, hitting a Basel player when the goal was unguarded.
Balotelli also had a goal ruled out for offside. Though apart from the aforementioned highlights, it was another frustrating night for the forward who is struggling to settle into the groove at Liverpool.
Credit must be given to Basel however, their efforts was a lot more than just a hit and run. In the first half they averaged 58% of possession to Liverpool's 42% and had 6 shots, compared to Liverpool's 5.
That tally ended with Basel having 56% of possession and 11 shots, whilst Liverpool had 44% of possession and 15 shots.
Serey Die was Basel's best player as he ran the midfield and was responsible for the best action of the first half. Serey Die caused much panic in the 34th minute when he recovered a loose ball and surged past Coutinho (who was tracking back) as well as two Liverpool defenders down the left flank to hit two powerful shots – though Mignolet was more than able to deal with the danger.
The result leaves Basel and Liverpool equal on 3 points - a further 3 behind Real Madrid who beat Ludogorets 2-1 thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
Liverpool have a greater goal difference although are behind Basel thanks to the head-to-head rule.