Liverpool VS Brentford LIVE Football Score 02/01/2023
After a poor start to the season, Jurgen Klopp‘s side are showing real signs of life, having picked up four league wins in a row. On Monday night, Liverpool head to west London to take on a Brentford side still more than holding their own in the top flight. Another year is done and dusted and Liverpool are now ready to embark on another relentless 12 months of action. Monday’s clash is their first outing of 2023 and three points away to a talented Brentford side would be a promising start to the year.
There is so much to play for in the coming months, with a top-four finish clearly taking precedence, in what could be a tussle until the final day. There is also the small matter of a seventh European Cup on offer, too, as a mouthwatering showdown with Real Madrid approaches. A second FA Cup triumph in a row would also be an added bonus, as Klopp looks to continue racking up trophies at Anfield. When Brentford were promoted to the Premier League in 2021, some lazily expected them to make a swift return to the Championship.
The Bees have impressed greatly under Thomas Frank, though, playing a high-octane style of football and pulling comfortably clear of relegation in both 2021/22 and this season to date. The Gtech Community Stadium has become a tough ground to visit, as Liverpool found out during a 3-3 draw last season. In Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo, the west Londoners have a dangerous attacking pairing, while the likes of David Raya, Rico Henry and Mathias Jensen are key figures, too. In true Liverpool fashion last week, they went from being strongly linked with Cody Gakpo to signing him in just a matter of hours.
The Dutchman comes in as a big-money signing with a big future and it could be that he makes his debut against Brentford. It all depends on whether he receives clearance in time, including his work permit. If he does, a start would be a surprise, with Klopp likely to ease him into his new surroundings, but a cameo from the substitutes’ bench may be on the cards. If he can enjoy a similar impact to Luis Diaz this time last year, Liverpool will have another hero on their hands. Unfortunately, Liverpool’s injury woes are showing few signs of going away, with two fresh issues to contend with.
Both Andy Robertson and Harvey Elliott were forced off in the win over Leicester and it remains to be seen whether they are available for Monday’s match. James Milner, Curtis Jones and Roberto Firmino could be in the squad, though, acting as a big boost. Meanwhile, Diaz and Diogo Jota remain long-term absentees, with neither expected to return in the near future.
An eye-catching Premier League battle awaits at the Gtech Community Stadium on Monday evening as Brentford play host to Liverpool. Thomas Frank’s side claimed a 2-0 London derby win over West Ham United in their final game of 2022, while the Reds came from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1, despite not scoring any of the three goals on the night. The joy of Ivan Toney’s 12th Premier League goal of the season soon turned to concern for the Brentford talisman, who was taken off on a stretcher in the dying embers at the London Stadium after contributing to his side’s second successive top-flight away win.
Toney reacted quickest to prod home in the 18th minute and also played Josh Dasilva through to double the Bees’ tally just before the break, as West Ham were left to rue some wasteful finishing and the efforts of David Raya in front of their disgruntled supporters.
Ending a year of phenomenal progress in perfect fashion, Thomas Frank’s outfit are currently set to enter the New Year 10th in the table following Saturday’s fixtures, having been knocked down a place by Fulham after their success versus Southampton. Scoring six goals in recent meetings with Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham should see Brentford’s forward line strike fear into the hearts of any backline, and only runaway leaders Arsenal have come away from the Gtech Community Stadium with all three points this season.
Since going down 3-0 to the Gunners, Brentford have strung together a four-game Premier League unbeaten run on their own patch, beating Brighton & Hove Albion but sharing the spoils in their last three with Spurs, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea. With Jamie Carragher watching on in the gantry, Leicester centre-back Wout Faes – who had been a driving force in their spate of improved defensive performances before the World Cup – paid tribute to one of a handful of men to score two own goals in one Premier League game.
Leicester raced out of the blocks at Anfield on Friday – which is more than can be said for Liverpool – and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall put the Foxes ahead after just four minutes before Faes turned into his own net twice before the half-time whistle. While Jurgen Klopp’s men could not find their shooting boots, they were grateful that Faes had brought his, although their sixth-placed position in the table will not change between now and Monday, and the gap to the top four stands at four points at the time of writing following Manchester United’s win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Entering 2023 on the back of four successive wins in the Premier League, the Reds now set out to improve a paltry tally of just two wins from their last eight opening fixtures of the calendar year, but Klopp’s men have remarkably found the back of the net in each of their last 26 top-flight away games in London.
That streak includes an entertaining 3-3 thriller with Brentford in the 2021-22 season, but the Bees also conceded a trio of goals without reply at Anfield in a 3-0 defeat in January 2022 – extending their wait for a first win over Liverpool since November 1938. Very few had any hope of Toney avoiding a serious injury after landing awkwardly on his knee against West Ham, but Frank has received the good news that his star striker has only suffered a minor muscular problem and could be available on Monday.
Toney may only be considered for a place among the substitutes anyway, while Kristoffer Ajer, Shandon Baptiste and Aaron Hickey, all of whom should not spend any longer than another couple of weeks on the sidelines, remain out. Frank Onyeka and Thomas Strakosha are both thought to be in with chances of coming back into the fold, but only the one enforced change could be made by Frank, who should call upon Yoane Wissa to replace Toney from the off.
Brentford are not the only ones sweating over fresh fitness concerns, as Harvey Elliott and Andrew Robertson came off with knocks in Liverpool’s win over Leicester, although Klopp does not think that either man is nursing anything serious. Whether the pair are rushed back less than 72 hours later is another question, while Arthur, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Curtis Jones should all miss out again, but James Milner (hamstring) and Roberto Firmino (calf) could both recover in time.
Fabinho missed Friday’s game for the birth of his child but could now return to provide a much-needed presence in the engine room, and new signing Cody Gakpo will be eligible to make his debut on Monday. However, Klopp is pessimistic about the club’s chances of completing the relevant paperwork in time, and as a result the Dutch attacker is unlikely to earn his first Premier League minutes just yet.