Starting on January 16, 2022 at 14:00 UTC, Liverpool will face Brentford at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England. The match is a Premier League encounter.
Start date: 16 Jan 2022 19:30
Referee: Jonathan Moss, England
Head to Head Record
FT: Brentford 3-3 Liverpool
Liverpool vs Brentford Preview
Arsenal were expecting to be blown out of the water by a full-strength Liverpool side in Thursday’s EFL Cup match, despite losing important players before the game.
However, a combination of outstanding Arsenal defence and poor Liverpool finishing guaranteed that all was left to play for in the second leg at the Emirates next week.
After their FA Cup thrashing of Shrewsbury Town, such a result was bound to dampen Anfield spirits, and Jurgen Klopp’s side now have only two wins in their past six in all competitions, and they can’t wait to welcome back Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank could not have wished for a more disastrous evening at St Mary’s on Tuesday, as the Bees were thrashed 4-1 at the home of fellow mid-table side Southampton.
After a Jan Bednarek header had broken the open, Vitaly Janelt levelled for Brentford, but an own goal from shot-stopper Alvaro Fernandez prompted second-half scores from Armando Broja and Che Adams in a South Coast thrashing.
Frank’s team has now lost three of its previous four Premier League games. They are still 12 points clear of the relegation zone in 13th position, but the fact that 18th-placed Burnley has three games in hand may worry some Brentford fans.
Brentford Team News
Sergi Canos left the Southampton game early with an apparent hamstring injury but should be alright here. Frank Onyeka is still overseas on Africa Cup of Nations duty.
Frank is also dealing with the absences of Josh Dasilva, David Raya, Charlie Goode, and Mathias Jorgensen, although Rico Henry’s availability is a bright spot.
Yoane Wissa will be hoping for a rare start after his heroics against Liverpool, but Frank is unlikely to change the group too much.
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool are still missing Salah, Mane, and Naby Keita, as well as Nat Phillips, Thiago Alcantara, Harvey Elliott, and Divock Origi, who are all out of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Klopp’s midfield pick in midweek did not go down well with the Anfield supporters, and the visiting manager will almost definitely replace James Milner with Curtis Jones or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
After recuperating from a COVID-19 infection, Trent Alexander-Arnold looked rusty, therefore Neco Williams might push for a starting spot at right-back or further forward this weekend.
Liverpool XI: Klopp; Williams, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson, Fabinho, Jones; Jota, Firmino, Minamino
Brentford XI: Fernandez; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Roerslev, Janelt, Norgaard, Jensen, Henry; Wissa, Toney
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