Brentford pulled off another stunner at home to beat Liverpool
The Brentford Community Stadium continues to attack visitors, with Liverpool suffering a defeat on Monday. Brentford’s victory, another over the traditional ‘big six’, doomed Liverpool to a fifth defeat of the season. That is three more than last season when it finished second.
Despite the 3-1 score, however, this was much more than just Liverpool’s capitulation to defeat at Brentford. The Bees played superbly. There was even an argument that Brentford could have scored more than three.
Despite the visitors having 73% possession, Brentford managed to shoot seven times on goal. That does not include Yoanne Wissa’s two goals that were disallowed after VAR decisions. Still, the Congolese international finally found a goal that counted in the 42nd minute, and Alisson almost prevented that.
That goal, Brentford’s second, became the eventual winner.
Liverpool are not the first to suffer a defeat against Brentford
That puts Brentford on 26 points, just two behind these Reds who beat them on Monday. Admittedly, Liverpool have a game ahead of them and a much better goal difference. Still, victory this season showed remarkable progress from Brentford.
This season, Brentford beat Manchester United, Manchester City and now Liverpool. It has also drawn against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Much of Brentford’s success comes home, with four wins, four draws and one loss at Brentford Community Stadium. That loss was also against Arsenal.
Thomas Frank continues to push clinical tactics against more talented teams. Brentford has an average of 44% possession per game and that will drop after the 27% against Liverpool. Still, Brentford is in the middle of the pack in terms of shots on target per game and goals scored.
No Toney, no problem
More impressively, Brentford put three past Liverpool without one of the league’s top scorers. Ivan Toney, out with an injury, is out third in the Premier League with 12 goals during the campaign.
To be fair, Liverpool have no shortage of injuries either. Luis Díaz stays out, as do Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino. Finally, Cody Gakpo is not quite ready to make his Liverpool debut.
Still, Toney is arguably Brentford’s most important player. Toney has a third of Brentford’s goals in the league this season, with four coming in Brentford’s last three coming into the game against Liverpool. The fact that Brentford could beat a side like Liverpool, and relatively comfortably, speaks volumes about the Bees’ direction under Thomas Frank.
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