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Match Preview: Liverpool vs Brentford

All the build-up to tomorrow's trip to Anfield

15 January 2022

THE OPPOSITION

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Liverpool's stutter over the festive period, coupled with Manchester City's relentless winning run, means Jürgen Klopp's men find themselves 14 points off top spot going into tomorrow, albeit with two games in hand. 

The Reds have won just one of their last six in all competitions, that last Sunday's 4-1 Emirates FA Cup success over Shrewsbury Town, having won eight in a row previous to that. 

The absence of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, who account for 24 of Liverpool's 52 Premier League goals, was keenly felt on Thursday night as ten-man Arsenal held on at Anfield for a goalless draw in their Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg. 

Without Salah and Mane, who are both away at the African Cup of Nations, The Reds have turned to Diogo Jota (10) and Roberto Firmino (4) for their goals. 

Anfield remains an imposing place to visit this season. No visiting side has left with all three Premier League points while only four of them, Chelsea, Manchester City, Brighton and Hove Albion, and Newcastle United, have even managed a league goal in L4 this term.  

TEAM NEWS

Sergi Canos and Rico Henry should both be available for Brentford following hamstring issues. David Raya, Julian Jeanvier (both knee), Tariqe Fosu, Zanka, Charlie Goode, (all hamstring), Frank Onyeka (international duty), and Josh Dasilva (hip) will be the absentees. 

For Liverpool, aside from the absence of Salah and Mane, there'll also be no Nat Phillips (cheek), Thiago Alcantara (hip), Divock Origi (knee), and Harvey Elliott (ankle). The good news on Thursday night was the return of Alexander-Arnold and Allison against Arsenal.  

THE GAMEPLAN

Writing for Hot Off The Press,Sky Sports' Dan Sheldon advises: "Never take your eye off Liverpool’s marauding right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold (above), the player who has created the most big chances in the Premier League this season. The England international returned to Liverpool’s starting line-up for their goalless draw with Arsenal at Anfield in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on Thursday night after recovering from Covid and expect him to be heavily involved in the hosts’ attacks on Sunday. Keep Alexander-Arnold quiet and the Bees will go a long way to getting a result on Merseyside…"

MATCH FACTS

  • After a 14-match winning run, Liverpool have failed to win either of their last two Premier League home matches against promoted sides, drawing against West Bromwich Albion and losing against Fulham last season. They last went three without a win in such matches between December 2000 and January 2002. 
  • Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has scored four goals in his last three Premier League matches against promoted sides, including a hat-trick against Watford in his last such appearance. The Brazilian had only netted four goals in his previous 27 matches against such sides in the competition. 
  • Brentford have won three of their six Premier League matches played on Sundays (D1 L2). Of all teams to have played at least five matches on the day, they are one of just four to have won at least half of their matches along with Manchester United (165/301), Chelsea (137/270) and Arsenal (151/300). 
  • Liverpool’s Diogo Jota has scored four goals in his last four Premier League home matches, having netted just once in his previous 12 at Anfield before this. 

THE MANAGER

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Jürgen Klopp was a utility player during his professional days, the large majority spent at Mainz 05 in Germany.

Retiring in 2001, he became the Manager at 05, winning promotion to the Bundesliga three years later. Relegation came in 2007, Klopp resigning a year later after failing to get them back to the top-flight. He was the longest-serving manager in club history.

He joined Borussia Dortmund, guiding them to the Bundesliga title in 2011, and followed that up with Dortmund's first-ever domestic double a year later. Klopp also took them to the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, losing to Bayern Munich at Wembley, before leaving in 2015 again as their longest-serving manager.

Arriving at Anfield, Klopp took The Reds to back-to-back Champions League Finals, winning the second in 2019. The following season, they captured the UEFA Super Cup and a first FIFA Club World Cup. They also won the Premier League title, their first league honours in 30 years. These achievements won Klopp back-to-back FIFA Coach of the Year awards in 2019 and 2020.

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

On what he expects, Jürgen Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com: "A fight. Brentford are a team who have a specific way to play, especially against us. We have to be absolutely alert, we have to be absolutely ready. They have special set-pieces, they will probably be direct, they play a brilliant first season in the Premier League and that's absolutely impressive.

"Thomas Frank is doing a brilliant job there. The squad is well set up, interesting players there, the way they want to play. How I said, so many things really work together there that we have to be really aware of. But I hope we can play much better than we did in the first game and can use Anfield – that would be helpful"

THOMAS' THOUGHTS

LAST TIME OUT

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Jon Moss

Assistant Referees: Marc Perry and Timothy Wood

Fourth Official: Tony Harrington

Video Assistant Referee: Lee Mason

Additional Video Assistant Referee: Derek Eaton

Liverpool 2021/22

209 fouls - 7th in Premier League

28 yellow cards - Third-fewest in Premier League 

1 red card - Sixth-most in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

All adult supporters (18+) attending must fill in a Covid-19 Self Declaration form and be able to show proof of an NHS COVID Pass or negative test result within the 48 hours leading up to kick-off

Get yourself match ready here

Stadium access for visiting supporters has changed at Anfield with no through road on Anfield Road. Brentford fans must approach the stadium via Dahlia Walk onto 97 Avenue (Blue Route) as there is no access from the direction of Arkles Lane. At the end of the game when leaving the stadium, please turn left.

Liverpool Away Day Guide

MATCH COVERAGE

Tomorrow's game is not live in the UK but will be shown around the world through the Premier League's broadcast partners. Click here to see if the game is on where you are. 

Mark Burridge will be bringing live Bees Player commentary from Anfield alongside former Bees striker Ben Burgess. 

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Match Reports

Liverpool 3 Brentford 0

Away defeat for Bees at Anfield

16 January 2022

Brentford’s first trip to Anfield for a Premier League match ended in defeat. Liverpool scored late in the first half and then added two more after the interval to secure the points. The final 3-0 score line was probably not quite as comfortable as it looked, but there was little doubt Liverpool deserved the win.

The home side got their goals at important times. Brentford looked set to get to half time level before the hosts struck and they had a good chance to level just before Liverpool’s second. Ultimately, Liverpool did enough to win the game and Brentford left with nothing.

Liverpool had the better of the first quarter of the contest and most of the game was played in Brentford’s half. The home side dominated possession and pushed The Bees back. It took them a few minutes to start to find gaps, but they created a series of openins in the first quarter of the match, albeit mostly from set pieces.

An Andrew Robertson corner was missed at the near post by Jordan Henderson and the ball bobbled around the Brentford penalty area. Diogo Jota got a shot off that Brentford defenders managed to scramble away. Henderson then set up Jota after good work on the right, but the shot was superbly blocked by Kristoffer Ajer. The resulting corner was half cleared, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain crossed for Jota to head wide from 12 yards.

Liverpool were forcing mistakes and when Álvaro Fernández failed to get sufficient distance on a clearance, Trent Alexander-Arnold raced back towards the Brentford goal. He created room to shoot, but Rico Henry got back to make a block. A cross-cum-shot from Fabinho almost created the opening goal. Oxlade-Chamberlain tried to head in but failed to make contact and Fernández had to spring to his left to save. Oxlade-Chamberlain was adjudged to be offside so any goal would probably not have counted.

Alexander-Arnold fired narrowly wide from distance and then delivered a deep free kick that Joel Matip could not turn home at the far post. A corner from Alexander-Arnold soon after caused problems when it was flicked across at the near post and beat Fernández. It reached Virgil van Dijk at the far post, he lashed it back, but Fernández recovered to make a fine save.

Roberto Firmino shot wide from distance, Fernández gathered a van Dijk header and Matip saw an effort deflected and saved after weaving forward from the back as Liverpool continued to spend most of their time in Brentford territory. There was also an important block from Pontus Jansson when Firmino tried to head in a first-time volleyed ball from Robertson. But as the half wore on, Brentford grew in confidence. Liverpool were not keeping The Bees in their own half as they did for the first half hour and the game was more even.

Brentford started to put together some attacking possession. Ivan Toney was testing the home defence, playing in the channels on the last line. A few times he was adjudged offside, including once when a Vitaly Janelt shot was blocked inside the six-yard box. On second look, Toney was not offside And any goal would have counted. Toney also saw a snapshot fly wide from 25 yards and Janelt whizzed an effort narrowly over.

When it looked like it would the game would be level at half time, Liverpool struck. It started with a brilliant move on the Liverpool left. Firmino set up Jota for a shot, but Henry got back to make a block and conceded a corner. That was delivered from the left by Alexander-Arnold, bounced all the way across and was headed in from close range by Fabinho. There was a melee of bodies in the centre of the goal, but no-one got a touch and Fabinho was able to nod home unchallenged.

That gave Liverpool a half time lead and Brentford were forced in to a change early in the second period when Henry walked off uncomfortably to be replaced by Sergi Canós. Fernández saved from Fabinho when Brentford failed to clear their lines and then held on to a drilled shot from Curtis Jones. Alexander-Arnold blasted well over and a Matip header was blocked as Liverpool continued to have the initiative.

But Brentford had more of the ball in the early stages of the second half than they did for much of the first. Liverpool definitely had the upper hand, but The Bees were able to put together spells of possession, and they could have levelled. Toney won the ball in the centre of the field and a reverse pass from Christian Nørgaard found Bryan Mbeumo inside the area. He was able to turn free and get a shot off that beat Alisson and flew just past the post.

Liverpool were having more of the ball and the chances and Oxlade-Chamberlain lashed well wide before Alexander-Arnold bundled his way in to the penalty area and created space for a Jota shot that smashed off the far post. Firmino got to the loose ball, but his low shot was saved by Fernández. Firmino then created a chance for Jota to weave in to penalty area. He found himself with only Fernández to beat, but the Brentford goalkeeper made himself big and kept him out.

Liverpool did find a way through soon after. A drilled cross from the left by Robertson found Oxlade-Chamberlain diving to head in from ten yards. The cross arced delightfully over the Brentford defence and Oxlade-Chamberlain could not miss.

Brentford went up the other end and almost pulled one back as Ajer crossed from the right, Mads Roerslev dummied, and a Toney shot was blocked when it looked like it would trouble Alisson. Ajer blocked from Robertson after good work by Jones and Alexander-Arnold lashed over from distance.

Liverpool killed off the game with a third inside the final 15 minutes. Brentford played in to trouble in their own penalty area and Liverpool won the ball. Firmino unselfishly squared and Takumi Minamino tapped in from close range.

The game was even more open in the closing stages as Brentford looked for a goal and Liverpool used the space provided. Fernández saved a Minamino lob before making a fine one-on-one block from Kaide Gordon. Alexander-Arnold got on to the loose ball and fired just past the far post.

Minamino had another shot blocked before Janelt and Yoane Wissa combined to find Canós in space at the other end. His shot was blocked. A fabulous pass from Mathias Jensen released Toney at the death, but he was unable to beat Alisson with a low shot. Referee Jonathan Moss brought the game to a close moments later and Liverpool had the win.

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Jones; Oxlade-Chamberlain (sub Minamino 74 mins), Firmino (sub Milner 78 mins), Jota (sub Gordon 82 mins)

Subs (not used): Kelleher, Konaté, Gomez, Tsimikas, Williams, Morton

Brentford: Fernández; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Roerslev, Baptiste (sub Wissa 67 mins), Nørgaard, Janelt, Henry (sub Canós 49 mins); Toney, Mbeumo (sub Jensen 75 mins)

Subs (not used): Lössl, Stevens, Bech, Bidstrup, Ghoddos, Forss

Bookings: Ajer (19 mins)

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Ticket News

Tickets for our away trip to Liverpool on sale at 2pm

Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders with 1500+ TAPs will be able to purchase tickets at 2pm today

14 December 2021

Thomas Frank and Jurgen Klopp will meet for the second time this season as The Bees head to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday 16 Jan (2pm kick-off). Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders with 1,500+ TAPs (Ticket Access Points) will be able to secure their place for this fixture by logging in to their ticketing account from 2pm today, Tuesday 14 December (one per person and subject to availability).

Season Ticket Holders have until Thursday 16 December, 9am to purchase. Any remaining will be made available all Season Ticket Holders on Thursday 16 December at 2pm. 

Get ready to buy at 2pm

Please be aware that all adults may be required to self-declare their COVID certification status prior to this match to validate the ticket purchase. All ticket holders will be informed of the specific requirements in due course.

*Last week, we emailed My Bees Members with the highest TAPs that have registered an interest for this away game to give them the opportunity to buy their ticket at the same time. Those Members who are yet to purchase their tickets can still do so (subject to availability). They can also check if they’re successful by logging into their ticketing account here at 2pm.

*My Bees Membership note: this season, members receive five per cent of all away Match Ticket allocations which will remain separate from the Season Ticket Holders allocation. Don’t forget, My Bees Members must register their interest for the away games they would like to go to. If you do not register your interest, you will not have the opportunity to buy. Register your interest here. 

Please note: to get priority access to your Match Tickets you will need to log in to your ticketing account before purchasing. 

ON SALE DATES

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 3,550+TAPs: Thursday 9 December, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Monday 13 December

  • A selection of My Bees Members: Thursday 9 December, 2pm (guaranteed opportunity, one per person)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Monday 13 December
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    My Bees Members with the highest TAPs that have registered an interest for this away game and will give them the opportunity to buy their ticket. Members can check if they’re successful by logging into their ticketing account hereRegister your interest to the away games

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 2,500+ TAPs: Monday 13 December, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Tuesday 14 December

  • Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders with 1,500+ TAPs: Tuesday 14 December, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Thursday 16 December

  • All Season Ticket Holders inc. Premium Seat Holders (subject to availability): Thursday 16 December, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)
    Tickets will go off sale at 9am on Friday 17 December

  • All My Bees Members (subject to availability): Friday 17 December, 2pm (one per person, subject to availability)

Tickets are available until Thursday 13 January at 5pm (Subject to availability).

TICKET ACCESS POINTS:

  • 40 TAPS
  • What are TAPs?
  • If you purchase a Match Ticket and do not attend this fixture you will not be awarded any Ticket Access Points.

PRICES

  Adults
22-64
Seniors
over 65

Young Adults
17-21

Juniors
16 and under

Standard £30 £22.50 £15 £15
Disabled* £22.50 £17 £11 £7

Junior tickets must be purchased with an accompanying adult and will be refused entry into the stadium if attending alone.

Restricted Views 

Tickets marked ‘restricted view’ carry a discount of £1 for Adults, Over 65’s and Young Adults. Junior tickets remain at £9. 

Severely Restricted Views (rows 34 & 35)

Tickets marked ‘severely restricted view’ carry a discount of £3 for Adults, Over 65’s and Young Adults. Junior tickets remain at £9. 

If supporters in front of these rows stand, supporters seated on these rows will have a very limited view of the goals due to the overhang of the upper tier roof.    

*The wheelchair spaces are available with the personal assistant tickets free of charge as a reasonable adjustment. All wheelchair bays and personal assistant seats are situated within the visitor section. Any ambulant disabled supporters including visually impaired, may purchase at the same price as wheelchair users with one personal assistant ticket given free of charge as a reasonable adjustment, and will be issued from the visitor allocation. 

Admin fee of £1 per transaction (not per ticket) will apply when booking online and over the phone.

TRAVEL INFO

Coaches will depart from Ealing Road, Brentford TW8 0LN (near the Novotel Brentford).

Departure time: 7am - please arrive promptly as we are not able to wait for late arrivals

No alcohol will be permitted on the coaches.

  Adults Seniors and Juniors
Prices £40 £30

Away coach bookings must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 11 January.

Terms and Conditions apply.

HOW TO BOOK TICKETS AND COACH TRAVEL

Buy online

available online 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

  • By phone 0333 005 8521, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • In person from the Box Office
    • Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10am to 5pm
    • Closed on Wednesday
    • Thursday: 10am to 6pm
    • Saturday/Sunday - closed non-matchdays.
    • On all home matchdays, open 2.5 hours before kick-off until half-time and 30 minutes after full time (and 30 minutes after full time).
Note: overseas ticket buyers - tickets will not be sent in the post. Choose ‘Print at Home’ or they will be held for collection on matchday.

ACCESSIBILITY

Carers Tickets - Disabled supporters who are in receipt of a Middle to Higher rate of DLA and/or receipt of enhanced PIP should purchase the relevant ticket (i.e. Adult, Senior, Young Person or under 18), and then contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com to organise a complimentary carer’s ticket. This must be done in the relevant sales window. Please also let us know if you require ambulant or accessible seating and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Wheelchair Spaces – we have limited spaces available so please contact accessibility@brentfordfc.com and we will look allocate you a space along with a carer if required. For away games, the spaces we are allocated are subject to availability with a limited number given to us. Again this must be done in the relevant sales window.

If you have any queries or questions relating to accessibility, please email accessibility@brentfordfc.com

MATCHDAY INFORMATION  

  • No bags are permitted in the stadium – unless small bags needed for hygiene products or medical needs 
  • It is a cashless stadium 
  • Face coverings are recommended within the stadium 
  • All supporters must remain seated throughout the match  
  • A covid test and double vaccinations are recommended prior to travelling to the stadium 

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Stadium access for visiting supporters has also changed with no through road on Anfield Road. Fans will need to access via Dahlia Walk from the coach drop off point on Arkles Lane. 

On leaving the stadium you will need to turn left to return to Dahlia Walk back to their pickup point for their return journey. 

All supporters should refer to our Supporters Code of Conduct which can be found here.

CUSTOMER CHARTER

More information can be found online here.

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