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Liverpool vs Brentford 3-1 Win

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Liverpool vs Brentford 3-1 Win. Liverpool began the new year with a laughable 3-1 loss at Brentford, exposing their weaknesses once more. The Bees pulled to within two points of their renowned opponents in the table as Jurgen Klopp‘s team collapsed in West London. With a win, Jurgen Klopp’s team would have moved up to fifth in the Premier League. After Brentford had two goals disallowed for offside in the 20th minute thanks to Ibrahima Konate’s own goal, Thomas Frank’s team went ahead. Three minutes before halftime, Yoann Wissa increased their lead.

Alex Oxlade-goal Chamberlain’s five minutes into the second session gave Liverpool a chance to get back into the game after Klopp made three replacements at the interval, including Virgil van Dijk. However, they were unable to capitalize on that success. After Konate and Darwin Nunez had missed opportunities, they were defeated late in the game on the break when Bryan Mbeumo outmuscled Konate and scored.

The Performing Side:

Manchester United: Chelsea is floundering, Tottenham is slipping, and Liverpool is still nothing if not unreliable. And given all of that, Manchester United is in a good position to earn a top-four finish and, consequently, a return to the Champions League. If the team of Erik ten Hag defeats Bournemouth on Tuesday at Old Trafford, they will pull seven points ahead of Liverpool. That would be a significant deficit given how Klopp’s team is performing.

Brentford’s support: Liverpool’s woes may be the focus of the popular narrative, but there may always be a winner, and in this case, there is no room for debate. Both Brentford’s victory and the opportunity for their home supporters to humiliate their Red opponents were merited. Brentford supporters sang, “We’re just too good for you,” as Liverpool, like Manchester United earlier in the season, exited the Gtech Community Stadium empty-handed.

Although Jurgen Klopp’s team had returned to Premier League action with two squeaky-clean victories over Aston Villa and Leicester, they were unable to match the Bees’ tenacity, vigor, and set-piece danger here, especially in the opening period. They had to come back after the break, but Thomas Frank’s team held strong and secured the victory by capitalizing on yet another defensive blunder.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: It seems a little brave to declare one Liverpool player the “winner” of this match, but Oxlade-Chamberlain did at least score a goal to cap off a historic game. The fact that he was making his 100th Premier League appearance for the Reds tells everything about his problems with injuries at Anfield. After all, he has been a member of the team for five and a half years. Others contend that his inclusion in the starting lineup for a third straight game indicates the Reds’ present squad problems.

But he was there setting up an opportunity for Kostas Tsimikas with a brilliant flick in the first half and then arriving in the penalty area at precisely the right moment to turn Trent Alexander-cross Arnold’s in. Then, it appeared as though Liverpool would be ready for an inspiring comeback, but it wasn’t to be. Late in the game, Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced by Curtis Jones, maintaining a remarkable streak in which he hasn’t played the full 90 minutes in the Premier League since April 2018.

The Losing Side:

Kostas Tsimikas: Nothing peculiar about Brentford’s strategy in this situation. They kicked the ball back before launching it upfield, hoping to harass Liverpool’s defenders and capitalize on any second balls that could drop in the final third. Konate and Virgil van Dijk was initially used as test subjects, but it didn’t take long for the hosts to turn their attention to Liverpool’s left-back. Tsimikas was helpless to fend off the onslaught that was directed his way.

The Greek’s flank was completely in disarray, and Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thiago Alcantara were unable to provide enough defense. David Raya denied Tsimikas a fantastic opportunity to tie the score at 1-1, and he was unable to get near to Mathias Jensen before the Brentford captain crossed the ball for Wissa to make it 2-0. It came as no surprise when Andy Robertson took his position at the break.

Liverpool’s midfield: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims they can’t “play Monopoly” in January, but they can’t afford to ignore the midfield problems that are jeopardizing their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. In this instance, set-pieces and crosses may have been their downfall, but their issues emanated from the middle of the field, from their failure to cover gaps and manage games. Although Jordan Henderson had a terrible day against Leicester on Friday, he was not to fault for this.

Harvey Elliott, a young player who was outclassed and unable to make up for his passivity without the ball, was toiling on the right of the midfield three instead. The 19-year-old has been reimagined by Klopp as a midfielder, but the experiment has not yet been successful. Liverpool urgently needs proven players in the position. Something needs to happen in January, whether it’s Matheus Nunes, the most recent player connected with a move to Anfield, or somebody else.

Ibrahima Konate: Liverpool’s No. 5 has not had the finest couple of weeks. After experiencing the agony of losing to France in the World Cup final, Konate had a dreadful return to club play here. He scored an awful own goal to give Brentford the lead before falling to the ground as Bryan Mbeumo sealed the victory for the home team late in the game.

Konate requested a free kick for a push, but referee Stuart Attwell and his VAR, Darren England, were having none of it. A player whose toughness and power are usually assets made a timid defensive move. The starting center-backs for Liverpool had a terrible half after Van Dijk was substituted. Konate must bounce back swiftly from this one for Klopp.

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Salman Shaikh
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