Liverpool have the chance to go clear at the top of the Premier League when they visit west London on Saturday night
Jurgen Klopp’s side have the chance to go clear at the top after Chelsea and Manchester United were both beaten earlier on Saturday but won’t have it easy against Thomas Frank’s side who have hit the ground running in the English top flight for the first time.
Klopp has made clear his admiration for the newly-promoted London club, who sit ninth in the table after winning two of their first five games, against Arsenal and Wolves.
“The football they play is incredible,” Klopp said. “The organisation they have is incredible, so Thomas (Frank) is obviously doing a brilliant job. Brentford is doing a brilliant job. How they recruit, how different they are, how they show with less money that it’s really possible to create something special.
“It reminds me a lot of my time at Mainz when I was there because we had no money and had to be creative in the transfer market. Brentford have a chance against us, not just because it’s football, but because of the football they play. They’re an incredibly well-drilled football team, a 3-5-2. Everybody knows what to do, everybody is ready to make the extra yard. Follow all the latest:
Brentford vs Liverpool
Brentford could lose consecutive home league games for the first time since their move to the Brentford Community Stadium at the start of last season.
Forward Ivan Toney has scored 33 league goals since the start of last season, the joint-most by any player in the top four divisions.
Jurgen Klopp excited to discover if safe standing can enhance Anfield atmosphere
It was announced on Wednesday that a pilot programme offering licensed safe standing areas at approved clubs which are currently subject to the government’s all-seater policy is set to start on 1 January 2022 and run until the end of the season.
Liverpool are not expected to take part in a government trial, because they are already constructing their own project
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Brentford vs Liverpool
It’s eight points from five matches for Brentford this season. No promoted side has started a Premier League season that well and gone on to be relegated.
Only Liverpool and Manchester City have conceded fewer Premier League goals than Brentford this season. Chelsea are level with them with just two goals conceded.
Brentford vs Liverpool prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out tonight?
Liverpool visit Brentford in the Premier League tonight as Jurgen Klopp’s side look to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
The Reds have won their last four matches in all competitions following a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend before a much-changed side defeated Norwich by the same scoreline in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League fixture today
Brentford vs Liverpool
This is the first time the two teams have met since 1989, and the first league encounter since 1947.
Brentford’s most recent competitive victory against Liverpool was by 2-1 in the top flight at Griffin Park in 1938.
Liverpool have scored four goals in each of the last three matches between the sides, all of which have come in cup competitions and the Brentford Community Stadium will be the 60th ground at which Liverpool have played a Premier League game.
Jurgen Klopp on Brentford
In a pre-match press conference Jurgen Klopp was asked about Brentford and the impact they have had on the Premier League this season. He said:
Brentford vs Liverpool – Team changes
Thomas Frank makes one change to the Brentford starting XI that defeated Wolves 2-0 last Saturday. Frank Onyeka comes in to replace Shandon Baptiste.
Jurgen Klopp makes four changes and names a very strong starting line-up. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip and Andy Robertson all return to the defence with Curtis Jones filling in for the injured Thiago Alcantara in midfield.
Brentford vs Liverpool – Team news
Brentford XI: Raya, Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock, Canos, Onyeka, Norgaard, Janelt, Henry, Mbuemo, Toney
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Jones, Salah, Jota, Mane
Brentford vs Liverpool – Recent results
Brentford come into the game on the back of consecutive wins. They defeated Wolves 2-0 last time out in the Premier League before demolishing Oldham 7-0 in the Carabao Cup during the week. Those victories will give Thomas Frank’s men confidence heading into a difficult match against Liverpool.
Liverpool are unbeaten this season and have won each of their last four matches scoring three goals in every game. If they see off Brentford today they’ll stay top of the table but with the added bonus of a three point lead after Chelsea and Manchester United both dropped points earlier today.