Follow live coverage as Liverpool travel to Brentford in the Premier League tonight.
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 latest updates
Kick-off at 5.30pmReds can go clear at the top of the Premier LeagueLiverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Jones, Mane, Salah, JotaBrentford XI: Raya, Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock, Canos, Onyeka, Norgaard, Janelt, Henry, Mbeumo, ToneyShow latest update
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.
Michael Jones25 September 2021 16:55
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.
Michael Jones25 September 2021 16:51
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.
Michael Jones25 September 2021 16:47
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:
Absolutely great. I watched the press conference of Thomas Frank and it was like one of the most entertaining things I watched for the last few years. It was really good. The football they play is incredible and the organisation is incredible so Thomas and Brentford is doing an incredible job. They show even with less money you can create something really special.
“They are incredibly well-drilled football team. Everyone knows what to do, everyone is ready to make the extra yard. I saw them celebrating after the Arsenal game which was absolutely great to see how much it meant to them and we know what we have to expect them.”
Michael Jones25 September 2021 16:43
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.
Michael Jones25 September 2021 16:39
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
Michael Jones25 September 2021 16:30
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.
Michael Jones25 September 2021 16:26
Klopp on Liverpool’s injuries
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp spoke about the injuries to Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita and when he can expect them back. He said: “[Thiago] After the international break probably. I don’t think anything earlier is possible so we will have to see.
“Nothing really serious but it keeps him [Keita] out of the next game for sure and maybe a little bit longer. It’s obviously painful but it’s not cool when players have a good pre-season and are now out.”
Michael Jones25 September 2021 16:23
Thiago injury: Liverpool midfielder ruled out of Man City clash after suffering fresh setback
Liverpool midfielder Thiago has been ruled out until the international break with a calf injury and will miss the club’s key matches against Porto in the Champions League and Manchester City in the Premier League next week.
The Spain international was expected to return following this Saturday’s trip to Brentford after he sustained the problem in last week’s home win over Crystal Palace.
Michael Jones25 September 2021 16:19
Brentford vs Liverpool – Early team news
Brentford manager Thomas Frank says at least 10 players who started their last match against Wolves will take the field this evening.
The Bees have no new injury concerns and could put out a strong side.
Thiago Alcantara has a calf injury suffered last weekend and is unlikely to feature for Liverpool. Naby Keita is also absent after picking up a minor foot injury against Norwich during the week.
Michael Jones25 September 2021 16:14