Despite the lack of their ferocious African talent, Liverpool made sure to dismantle the Premier League’s newcomers last Sunday with a convincing victory over Brentford at Anfield.
Despite a scare from Ivan Toney, Fabinho headed the home-side into the lead in the 44th minute to end an unconvincing first half performance. However, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made sure to put any worries to bed as he dove to glance Andrew Robertson’s cross into the bottom corner in the 69th.Embed from Getty Images
With Brentford crumbling under the pressure, Liverpool’s high press lead to Takumi Minamino and Roberto Firmino combining to give the Japanese international a tap-in to secure all three points.
Today’s victory means Jürgen Klopp’s side move above Chelsea into 3rd place, with a two point margin and a game in hand. Nevertheless, 11 points still sit between them and Manchester City in first.
To further diminish their 2021/22 title hopes, strong performances from Senegal, Guinea and Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations means the earliest key players Sadio Mane, Naby Keïta and Mohammed Salah can return is the 24th-27th of January.
Brentford will look to bounce back from their Merseyside defeat in their next fixture as they host Manchester United at the Brentford Community Stadium. A win over the poor-performing Manchester side could push The Bees into the top ten and further cement themselves away from the relegation zone.
Liverpool will travel to Arsenal in the semi-final of the Caraboa Cup on Thursday to see if they can continue their winning ways.
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