It was goals galore in Jurgen Klopp’s 350th game in charge of Liverpool as the Reds cruised to a 3-0 comprehensive victory over Londoners Brentford.
The game saw Liverpool line up without the African duo of Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane for the first time in 172 Premier League. This is due to their (Salah and Mane) involvement in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Jurgen Klopp made just two changes to the side that drew 0-0 against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup during the week as Curtis Jones and Oxlade Chamberlain came into the Starting XI.
Thomas Frank’s Brentford were solitary in the first 45 minutes cooling the innumerable attack from Liverpool who kept piling pressure on the Bees.
The pressure finally paid off a minute before Halftime when Fabinho headed home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner which bounced through to the back post.
The Second period saw Liverpool get two more goals as Chamberlain added a second 20 minutes from stoppage time heading home a sublime ball from Robertson into the box.
Japanese Takumi Minamino came from the bench to confirm victory for Liverpool when he added a third eight minutes later.
The former Salzburg man was found by Firmino after a good pressing saw them catch Brentford infront of their penalty area.
The Japanese went on to become the second player in Liverpool’s history to score as a substitute on his birthday since Andy Caroll against Oldham in the FA Cup back in January 2012.
Speaking after the game an elated Jurgen Klopp told the Liverpool press the win was a huge boost to their confidence.
“I’m not surprised about that but winning is good for confidence, definitely. I don’t think we struggled confidence-wise. We can pretty much cut off the public noise, so what’s happening around. We knew against Arsenal what was not right but what the world out there makes of it then in the moment, so like just putting the finger on the obvious thing that a couple of players are not here – world-class players, by the way. We knew that, so we didn’t have to read it and we could do our own thing. And that’s what we did.”Jurgen Klopp on Brentford game
On whether he needs to turn ‘doubters into believers’ in the title race the former Dortmund boss said
“Yes, but if you would do something like this, we wouldn’t do it in public. So, we don’t have to convince anybody outside to believe. If they want to believe, they can believe. I think people are with us, they want to enjoy the ride, they are ready to go for as much as we can.”
The game also saw youngster Kaide Gordon make his Premier League debut for Liverpool.
“Dream come true to make my Premier League debut and good to get 3 points.” 👏Kaide Gordon on Instagram
Liverpool’s win returns them back to the second spot with 45 points but are 11 adrift of league leaders Manchester City who have 56 although Liverpool have a game against Leeds to spare.
Up next for the Reds is a trip to London against Crystal Palace