Liverpool host Brentford in the Premier League and will look to get back to winning ways when they face the Bees at Anfield on Sunday.
The Reds previously in midweek looked dreadful against a 10 men Arsenal side in the first leg of the semi-final of the EFL Cup. Klopp’s men will look to drastically change events and tweak up their attacking performance against Thomas Frank’s Brentford.
Meanwhile, Brentford lost comprehensively to South Coast side Southampton in their recent game.
Liverpool vs Brentford: Match Preview
Liverpool without Salah and Mane will be a big boost for Brentford going into the game. The game against Arsenal illustrated the fact how much Liverpool relies on the African duo to get the goals.
Salah, Mane, and Keita are out until February, so should Liverpool fans worry after the Arsenal result, or was it just a one-off game?
Klopp should have understood the fact that Captain Jordan Henderson and Vice-Captain James Milner cannot play together in the midfield.
Henderson is better when he has space to utilize, especially when he combines with Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right-hand side. Meanwhile, Milner at the age of 36 is still a workhorse midfielder but he isn’t the one who creates chances.
With Thiago Alcantara out, Curtis Jones should join the starting eleven and spark up light in the midfield.
The German Technician needs to sort things out before they face the Bees. It can be anticipated Thomas Frank’s side will sit deep and play on the counter.
On the other hand, Brentford are a side that can upset any big side on their day. Moreover, charismatic manager Thomas Frank will surely look to take the advantage of the fact that Liverpool currently isn’t in the best run of form.
Liverpool are winless in the last three games. And Liverpool fans will need no reminding of how the Reds drew 3-3 earlier this season.
The Reds are also winless against newly-promoted sides at home. Previously drawing against West Bromwich Albion and losing to Fulham last season.
It will be intriguing to see how the game goes out since it’s the first time the Reds will be hosting Brentford in any competition since 1989.
Divock Origi, Nat Phillips, and Harvey Elliott will continue to be absent. Meanwhile, Liverpool will continue to cope without the AFCON representatives trio of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita.
Curtis Jones or Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain looks likely to play in midfield alongside Fabinho and Henderson.
Klopp might give in the thought of pushing Neco Williams in place of Trent Alexander Arnold, given the number 66’s rusty performance after recovering from Covid.
Liverpool probable starting line up:
Alisson; Trent, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Jones; Jota, Firmino, Minamino.
Liverpool vs Brentford: What Anfield Home Predicts
Brentford are unlikely to go down without a fight, the Bees have already shown their belligerence against the Reds early on the season.
But, their recent form isn’t good enough, and away form has been rather poor for Brentford. Moreover, the match is going to be played at Anfield, and Klopp & Co are unbeaten in the last 13 Premier League games, winning each of the last four games in a row.
Liverpool should be able to take all three points here winning 2-1 against Brentford.