Liverpool will be looking to make it five straight wins in all competitions when they continue their Premier League campaign away to Brentford on Saturday evening. The Reds will enter this weekend’s contest off the back of a convincing 3-0 victory over Norwich City in the third round of the EFL Cup.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have also been victorious in their last two in the league and currently sit second in the table, level on 13 points with leaders Chelsea and third-placed Manchester United.
Trent Alexander-Arnold fell ill before the win over Palace but has not tested positive for coronavirus as initially feared, so he could potentially be available for the clash with Brentford.
Harvey Elliott has undergone successful ankle surgery following the serious injury he suffered against Leeds United, but the midfielder is facing a battle to play again before the end of the season.
The Reds have conceded just one goal this season, while Brentford’s been nearly as stingy. Liverpool, however, also boasts firepower with the Premier League’s best expected goals total and second-highest actual goals.
Alas, the Bees boast two draws and a loss from their five matches while Liverpool’s dropped points just once, a draw.
Both sides enter the contest having marched to convincing wins in their respective EFL Cup showdowns, with Thomas Frank’s side putting seven past Oldham Athletic while the Reds eased to a 3-0 win over Norwich City.
New signing Yoane Wissa netted a brace of his own while Oldham’s Raphael Diarra turned into his own net, but Brentford have four challenging league showdowns with Liverpool, West Ham United, Chelsea and Leicester City to tackle before their fourth-round clash with Stoke City.
However, the Bees’ impressive opening haul of eight points from the first 15 on offer sees them sit comfortably in ninth position, and if last weekend’s win over Wolverhampton Wanderers is anything to go by, Ivan Toney is finally hitting his stride in the big time.
Brentford’s success over Wolves was all the more impressive given that they had to navigate the final 30 minutes with 10 men, and Frank’s side prepare to welcome Liverpool to a ground where they have already got the better of Arsenal this term.
Furthermore, only Chelsea, Manchester City and upcoming opponents Liverpool have shipped fewer than Brentford’s two goals so far, although that stellar record will be tested to the extreme against Jurgen Klopp’s well-oiled machine.
Takumi Minamino took all of four minutes to stamp his authority on the Carrow Road turf in the EFL Cup, as the Japan international’s early strike set Liverpool on their way to a comfortable 3-0 success over the Premier League’s basement side in round three.
Minamino would add some gloss to the scoreline with his second in the final 10 minutes after Divock Origi had already put the tie to bed, with that success in Norwich marking the fourth game in a row in all competitions that Liverpool have chalked up three goals.
Now able to boast six wins and a draw from their opening seven games continentally and domestically, Liverpool are one of three sides sitting on 13 points from a possible 15 so far, and they will witness one of Chelsea or Manchester City drop points in the day’s early kickoff.
The Reds have also won each of their last three Premier League away games by a 3-0 scoreline and have embarked on a nine-game unbeaten run on the road in the top flight, but Brentford have proven that they are not here just to make up the numbers.
It has been 32 years since Liverpool and Brentford last locked horns in any competition, with the Reds easing to a 4-0 win in the sixth round of the 1988-89 FA Cup, during which Peter Beardsley (2) and John Barnes both found the back of the net.