Liverpool stay top with big win over Brentford

Liverpool stay top with big win over Brentford

The Reds produced an excellent performance to record a first victory over Brentford at the Gtech Stadium, but injuries threaten to dampen the weekend.

  • Liverpool recorded their first win at the Gtech Stadium today
  • Victory keeps Reds five points ahead of City
  • Liverpool record their first win at Brentford since 1938
  • The victory also gives Liverpool their first-ever league double over Brentford
  • Mo Salah extended his record against Brentford, scoring his fifth goal in five appearances

Liverpool produced an excellent performance this lunchtime, beating Brentford 4 - 1, to record their first away win at the Bees since 1938.  The result keeps Liverpool top of the table, with a five-point cushion over City (though City have two games in hand).  The only negatives to take away from the game were three injuries, to Curtis Jones, Diogo Jota, and Darwin Nunez.

Liverpool came into the game knowing they would need a good performance, after being beaten by Brentford 3 - 1 last season, but the Reds never looked like losing, despite a bright start from the home side. Once Liverpool had weathered that early storm, they grew into the game, taking control of the midfield and working well down the channels, with Robertson and Bradley getting more involved as the game went on.

Liverpool duly took the lead in the 35th minute, when Jota produced an excellent header to direct a long ball into the path of Darwin Nunez, who brilliantly chipped the on-rushing keeper to give Liverpool the lead.  The finish showed once again what an excellent player Nunez can be, and should give him lots of confidence going into a critical part of the season.  Liverpool scored three more goals in the second half, with Mac Allister, Salah, and Gakpo all getting on the scoresheet, to ensure Liverpool took three points back to Anfield.

Unfortunately, in between celebrating the goals, Jurgen Klopp had to deal with losing three more players to injury, with first Jones, then Jota, and finally Nunez all going off injured.  Liverpool fans will have a nervous wait to discover the extent of the injuries, though Diogo Jota looks the worst.  The attacker was working hard in the defensive third when a Brentford player landed on his knee after an aerial challenge, with Jota needing to be stretchered off.  TV slow-mo's showed Jota's knee bending backward under the weight of the Brentford player, and Klopp will have real fears over how serious the injury is.  Jones seemed to twist his ankle, while Nunez was taken off at halftime, although there was no obvious injury.

Attendance - 17,193

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Brentford vs Liverpool match stats

Possession
Brentford - 37% - 63% Liverpool

Total Shots
Brentford 15 - 15 Liverpool

Shots on Target
Brentford 6 - 8 Liverpool

Corners
Brentford 1 - 6 Liverpool

Fouls
Brentford 4 - 18 Liverpool

Man of the Match

TNT Sports - Mo Salah
BBC (public vote) - Harvey Elliott
Sky Sports - Mo Salah
LFC - Back On Our Perch - Alexis Mac Allister

What's Next

  • Liverpool welcome Luton Town to Anfield on Wednesday, kick-off at 7.30pm
  • The Reds then face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday

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  1. Adrian F.

    Excellent match report.

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