TTSK– (Liverpool 3-0 Brentford). Premier League matchday 12. The home field is considered a launching pad for Liverpool’s success with the return of captain Van Dijk. Liverpool played jubilantly against Brentford thanks to the brilliance of Mohamed Salah.
Video Liverpool 3-0 Brentford
It was not surprising that Liverpool attacked immediately after the opening whistle. However, coach Jurgen Klopp’s students encountered Brentford’s tight defense. It wasn’t until the 16th minute that the “Red Brigade” had their first notable attack. Nunez coordinated well with Salah and then entered the penalty area himself and finished at a tight angle, unable to beat goalkeeper Flekken.
After many efforts to stop, Liverpool also penetrated Brentford’s defense. In just 22 to 27 minutes, Nunez put the ball into the away team’s net twice, but the Uruguayan striker’s goals were not recognized because of offside.
Although ungainly, Nunez is still somewhat comforted. In the 39th minute, the Uruguayan striker threw a pass that was just right for Salah to cross and curl in to open the score for Liverpool. Before the first half ended, the Egyptian striker missed a good opportunity after a sharp pass from Arnold.
At the beginning of the second half, goalkeeper Alisson had to show off his talent to block Brentford’s free kick from Jensen. In the 62nd minute, Liverpool doubled their lead. Salah put his name on the scoreboard for the second time after a well-placed cross from Tsimikas.
The nightmare for Brentford does not stop there. In the 74th minute, Jota dribbled away Onyeka at the edge of the penalty area before firing a dangerous shot that caught goalkeeper Flekken. This was also the winning goal for Liverpool.
With this result, Liverpool climbed to 2nd place in the Premier League rankings with 27 points. The “Red Brigade” is equal on points with Arsenal but ranked higher thanks to better goal difference.
FT: Liverpool 3-0 Brentford
Liverpool: Salah (39′) (62′), Jota (74′)
Liverpool: Alisson, Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Endo, Gakpo, Szoboszlai, Salah, Jota, Nunez
Brentford: Flekken, Ajer, Collins, Pinnock, Roerslev, Ben Mee, Jensen, Norgaard, Janelt, Mbeumo, Wissa
In the previous round, The Kop was held to a draw by rookie Luton Town. The disappointment did not stop there, when in the last match, Liverpool lost empty-handed to Toulouse in the Europa League group stage. However, it should be emphasized that that loss was due to coach Klopp keeping many pillars on the bench to recover for the reception of Brentford with the goal of winning to compete for the top position in the rankings.
On the opposite field, Brentford nurtures the ambition to compete for a ticket to the Europa League or at least the Europa Conference League. However, the away players noted that the period from the end of August to the beginning of October was very miserable when they went through a streak of 8 matches without winning in all competitions, including 6 matches in the Premier League.
However, Brentford’s most recent opening match is bringing confidence to the whole team by winning 3 consecutive matches, including 2 London derbies with difficult opponents, Chelsea and most recently West Ham. This series of revival matches helped Brentford gain 16 points and now rise to 9th place in the rankings with a gap of 6 points behind the group participating in the European Cup.