Liverpool vs Brentford
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 16 January 2022
Kick-off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
When Liverpool hosts Brentford at Anfield this weekend, they will be aiming to get back on track in the Premier League.
When Liverpool takes on Brentford at Anfield in Matchweek 22 on Sunday afternoon, they will be looking to snap a three-game losing run in the Premier League.
The Reds have not won a league game since beating Newcastle United 3-1 in mid-December, losing to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, and drawing with Leicester City. Despite having two games in hand over their opponents, Jurgen Klopp’s team is 14 points behind Manchester City.
Liverpool won the FA Cup third round against Shrewsbury Town last week, but were held to a goalless draw by Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg earlier this week. They’ll be aiming for a win on Sunday, but they’ll be up against Brentford, who are a difficult opponent.
The Bees have previously earned a point against Liverpool, drawing a 3-3 draw in the opposite meeting back in September. However, their strong start to the season has faded in recent weeks, as they have dropped four of their past six league games, including their most recent 4-1 loss to Southampton.
Thomas Frank’s team are far ahead of the relegation zone with 23 points from 20 games, and might potentially break into the top half of the table if they win at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool vs Brentford Head to head :
- The reverse fixture had ended in a 3-3 draw.
- They are also on an eight-game unbeaten run, and six of these were wins.
- In fact, the last they lost against this rival was back in 1938.
- The Reds had scored three or more goals in the past four meetings on the trot.
Liverpool vs Brentford Prediction :
Brentford had held Liverpool to a draw in the opposite game, but things have altered dramatically since then ،The Bees have lost their past six league games on the road, including a 4-1 loss at Southampton in their most recent match. Liverpool have been struggling recently and will be hampered by the absences of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The Reds, on the other hand, always find a way to step up their game when they play at Anfield, which should be the case on Sunday, especially after failing to break down a ten-man Arsenal team in midweek. Jurgen Klopp’s team is expected to win by a single goal against Brentford, according to The Hard Tackle.
Liverpool vs Brentford Team News :
Liverpool are still missing Salah, Mane, and Naby Keita, as well as Nat Phillips, Thiago Alcantara, Harvey Elliott, and Divock Origi, who are all out of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Klopp’s midfield pick in midweek did not go down well with the Anfield supporters, and the visiting manager will almost definitely replace James Milner with Curtis Jones or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
After recuperating from a COVID-19 infection, Trent Alexander-Arnold looked rusty, therefore Neco Williams might push for a starting spot at right-back or further forward this weekend.
Frank Onyeka is still away on Africa Cup of Nations duty for Brentford, while Sergi Canos left the Southampton game early with a suspected hamstring injury but should be OK for this match.
Frank is also dealing with the absences of Josh Dasilva, David Raya, Charlie Goode, and Mathias Jorgensen, although Rico Henry’s availability is a bright spot.
Yoane Wissa will be hoping for a rare start after his heroics against Liverpool, but Frank is unlikely to change the group too much.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Klopp; Williams, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson, Fabinho, Jones; Jota, Firmino, Minamino
Brentford possible starting lineup:
Fernandez; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Roerslev, Janelt, Norgaard, Jensen, Henry; Wissa, Toney