Liverpool will travel to London this Monday to face Thomas Frank’s improving Brentford side in their rescheduled 19th-round fixture of the 2022/23 Premier League season.
Venue: Gewis Stadium
Brentford are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games (W2, D3).
The hosts scored two or more goals in their last four PL games.
They have kept two clean sheets in their last two league games.
Brentford’s goalkeeper David Raya has made more saves than any other PL keeper (75).
Liverpool have scored in their last 26 PL away games in London.
The Reds have won their last four league games.
They have scored 2+ goals in each of their last four games.
Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet in their last six PL games.
Head to head
In two PL meetings between both sides, Liverpool have one win, while the other game ended all square.
The Reds have not lost to Brentford in nine competitive meetings (W7, D2).
Latest performances in all competitions
Brentford will look to take home maximum points when they host in-form Liverpool at the Gewiss Stadium this Monday.
Thomas Frank’s side are in decent shape, having not tasted defeat in the league since an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Aston Villa on October 23.
Since then, they have taken maximum points against Man City (2-1) and West Ham (2-0).l, as well as draws against Wolves (1-1), Nottingham Forest (2-2) and Tottenham (2-2). The victory over the Hammers last Friday evening saw them set a new club record of five consecutive Premier League (PL) games unbeaten (W2, D3).
That unbeaten streak is their second-longest such streak, with their run of six games without defeat between February and March 1939 the longest in the club’s history.
And so, they come into this game with another opportunity to make history and keep their push for a top-half finish alive. Frank’s men sit in the tenth position and will be confident of causing Liverpool problems, given that they have netted two goals in their last four PL games.
But the chances of another upsetting result here took a big hit last time when they lost their talisman forward and team top-scorer Ivan Toney to a knee injury. The forward is expected to sit out this game, and his absence could play a massive role in how the results turn out here.
However, the Bees still possess quality in every area of the pitch, while their record at the beginning of a new calendar year also inspired confidence as they’ve won each of their last three opening matches.
Possible Brentford starting line-up
David Raya; Mathias Joergensen, Ethan Pinnock, Ben Mee, Mads Roerslev, Rico Henry; Joshua Dasilva, Christian Noergaard, Mathias Jensen; Bryan Mbeumo, Yoane Wissa.
Injured: Ivan Toney, Shandon Baptiste, Aaron Hickey, Kristoffer Ajer
Doubtful: Frank Onyeka, Thomas Strakosha
Liverpool will look to make it five wins in five PL games when they face Brentford.
The Reds continued their impressive run of form last time out when they came from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1 at Anfield.
The win was secured courtesy of two rather fortuitous own goals from Wout Faes. It was Liverpool’s fourth PL win on the bounce but saw them fail to keep a clean sheet again for the sixth game running.
After a poor start to the season, Jürgen Klopp’s men are building momentum at the right time and will fancy their chances here, given their record against Brentford.
However, January has always proved to be a difficult month for Klopp and his boys. The visitors have won just 23 of their 49 competitive games in the month of January under the German coach (47%), which is their lowest win rate in any month throughout his reign.
They have also lost more games in January than any other month during his tenure (14)-a record which will cause concern for Liverpool fans.
Possible Liverpool starting line-up
Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Konstantinos Tsimikas; Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, Naby Keita; Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho.
Injured: Arthur, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones
Doubtful: Andrew Robertson, Roberto Firmimo, Harvey Elliot, James Milner
Brentford 2-2 Liverpool