Faced with Brentford who likes to trouble the Premier League giants, Liverpool’s one-goal advantage during the first half was vulnerable. Luckily there were two additional goals, in addition to the Reds back line managed to force the visitors to fail to release an attack on target against Alisson.
The Reds’ first-half goal on Sunday night (16/1) was scored by Brazil’s Fabinho, who headed the ball into the left corner of Alvaro Fernandez’s goal after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner had bounced first to the ground before being deflected into the net by the former US midfielder. the Monaco. Check out the green arrows if you lose track of the rounder, who moves faster than No. 20 Kristoffer Ajer.
The lead of just one goal makes Reds supporters nervous as 114 days ago at the end of September 2021, the same team netted three times against Alisson with the score following 90 minutes at the Brentford Community Stadium in London. The 3-3 draw at that time was surprising because the Bees were a promoted team from the Championship division, while Liverpool finished third from the previous season.
This time the Reds’ rearguard under the command of Virgil Van Dijk made sure the same thing didn’t happen again. The key recipe was 75% possession of the ball during the first half, leaving only two attempts by Brentford to attack. Compare that to 12 attempted goals by the hosts during the first 45 minutes, plus five attacks on target.
The ball possession figure dropped to only 57% in the second half when Thomas Frank’s men tried to find a goal back. But still there were no attacks on target against the red team who had 12 attacks and six of them were on target, but did not add to the number of goals.
Luckily in the 69th minute there was a goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, a player who has not started in the last three matches in all competitions. One time out of the squad for the FA Cup clash against Shrewsbury, and came on as a substitute in the 0-0 draw against Arsenal in the EFL Cup semi-final, as well as a substitute in the 2-2 draw at Chelsea.
The second goal was immediately followed by a third goal by Takumi Minamino who had only played three minutes, having come on for the injured Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 74th minute. The three-goal lead made Jurgen Klopp feel safe and pulled out Roberto Firmino to give James Milner playing time.
With this 3-0 victory, the Reds (45 points) won an additional three points which are very important to close the gap with the Premier League leaders, Manchester City (56), but there is still a very big difference (11) between the two. The Reds have a game in hand, which can assume an 8-point gap with the Skyblues.