Brentford will face the third of three away matches in eight days this weekend, as they head to one of the best known venues in football. The Bees have visited Port Vale and Southampton in the past four days, with mixed results. Next up is a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday, 16 January, in a match that will kick-off at 2pm.
The Bees have won one and lost one of their two trips this week. A 4-1 Emirates FA Cup win over Port Vale was followed by a 4-1 reverse against Southampton last night. A goal from Vitaly Janelt was the high point on a difficult evening for The Bees.
The loss was Brentford's heaviest of the season so far and saw them slip below Southampton in the table. The Bees are 13th with 23 points from 20 matches. They are towards the bottom of a group of seven teams separated by six points.
The match at Liverpool is set to be one of the toughest of the campaign. Liverpool sit third in the Premier League table. They are a point behind Chelsea, with a game in hand, but are 11 worse off than leaders Manchester City. City have, however, played a game more.
Liverpool have falled a fraction off the pace in the recent weeks. They have taken only two points from their last three games and seen a match against Leeds United postponed. Those three games have, however, all been away from home.
Liverpool are unbeaten at home in the league this season, winning six of nine games. Only Manchester City, Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion have avoided defeat. Liverpool also beat Shrewsbury Town at home in the FA Cup, won six out of six in their UEFA Champions League group and are in the Carabao Cup Semi-Final. The first leg of that Semi-Final, against Arsenal, will be played at Anfield tomorrow, Thursday 13 January.
The teams have already met in West London and shared the spoils in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Brentford scored first, through Ethan Pinnock, and then had to battle back. Vitaly Janelt and Yoane Wissa both scored second half goals to bring it back to, first, 2-2 and, then, 3-3.
The teams are infrequent foes and this will be the first time the teams have been in the same division since 1947, when Brentford were relegated from the top flight, only making it back this season. The teams met ten times in five seasons in the 1930s and 40s with Brentford winning three and Liverpool four. The Reds won four cup ties since, the last being an FA Cup Sixth Round match in 1989. This will be Brentford's first visit to Anfield since that 1989 tie.
Tickets for the match are sold out and it will not be live on UK TV but Brentford fans can listen live on Bees Player. Full information on the service can be seen here. Bees fans living overseas should check this page to see if they can watch the game live