Liverpool travelled West London for the fixture against Brentford on Saturday evening, which saw the Bees and the Reds indulging in a six-goal thriller at Brentford Community Stadium.
It was Liverpool’s fifth consecutive game where they scored 3 goals with previously coming against AC Milan in Champions League, Leeds United and Crystal Palace in Premier League and Norwich City in Carabao Cup.
However, even after scoring 3 on the day against Brentford, Liverpool were unable to pull out all the 3 points.
Brentford vs Liverpool – Player Ratings:
Alisson Becker (GK) – 6/10
Brentford continuously creating chances kept the Brazilian busy throughout the whole evening. As a result of which Liverpool conceded 3 goals. he could not do much to stop the goals but certainly, questions can be asked whether he could have done more to keep his back four alert as defending in front him was scrappy.
Trent Alexander Arnold (RB) – 5/10
Back in the team after the illness. Trent struggled against Brentford’s attacks and was often left exposed. And Jurgen Klopp would not pleased with his deliveries from corners in the evening, as he is very good with it.
Joel Matip (CB) – 5/10
Long balls from Brentford created a lots of problem for the back line, and Matip often seen struggle with physicality of Brentford’s strikers. Made a very good goal-line clearance in the first half of the game to deny Mbeumo an early goal.
Virgil Van Dijk (CB) – 6/10
Ivan Toney unsettled Van Dijk and often pulled out of position. After the break, the Dutch captain was a bit more composed. He rescued Liverpool with a brilliant recovery tackle to deny Toney at the death. But overall, he had a below-average game in the evening.
Andy Robertson (LB) – 6/10
After being rested in the last two games, Robertson showed full energy and made some blistering runs in the Brentford’s penalty area. In second half, he struggled with errors and got his first booking of the season but got an assist to his name. Overall, an evening to forget for the Scotland captain.
Fabinho (CDM) – 6/10
Brazilian can be questioned whether he could have done better in the far post where Ethan Pinnock scored Brentford’s opening goal. Often seen Brentford players sprinted past him in the first half but got his composure back in the second half and created a beautiful pass for Salah for the second goal.
Jordan Henderson (CM) – 6/10
Reds captain played a crucial role in the right of midfield, and registered an assist for Liverpool’s first goal with pinpoint cross to Diego Jota. But had an on and off game through the evening as his defensive game was below par.
Curtis Jones (CM) – 7/10
Can be considered a crucial season for Jones to cement his place in the team. Played his part in absence of Keita and Thiago through injury. He retained possession with simple passes and some good moves to cut inside and create chances. He was unlucky to hit the post in the first half but scored Liverpool’s third goal before being subbed off.
Mohamed Salah (RW) – 7/10
Scored Liverpool’s second goal to reach 100th Premier League goal for the Anfield Club and kissed the ground in delight. A monumental scoring feast by the Egyptian and surely these are Liverpool’s Salah days.
Early on in the game, he was denied by Ajer with a superb goal-line clearance. But he missed a massive chance at 3-2, if he scored the Reds could have taken all three points from the game.
Diego Jota (ST) – 6/10
The Portuguese International played out a decent game. Off the ball, he was relentless pressing and scored a vital goal with brilliant header to get in between Brentford’s towering defenders. Should have scored another one but was denied by Bees goalkeeper who made a brilliant save, and surely this one should be one of the saves of the season.
Sadio Mane (LW) – 4.5/10
Had a quiet afternoon for the Reds, could not capitalize on the chances. And often seen giving away ball easily throughout the evening.
He needs to get his sharpness back ASAP.
Roberto Firmino (68th Min.) – 4/10
Came in for Curtis Jones. Firmino returned to the team after missing few games for the Reds.
Liverpool switched from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1 with Firmino playing as No. 10 behind Salah but couldn’t make difference as he wanted.