It was a rough night at the office for Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium. Liverpool were shambolic defensively and got bullied by Thomas Frank’s team who showed more desire and aggression than Klopp’s men. It feels as though this result was in the post for Liverpool, who were unconvincing in their victory against Leicester.
Player ratings for tonight’s defeat below:
Alisson – (8) Good stop one on one against Mbeumo in 17th minute. None of Brentford’s goals were his fault.
Alexander-Arnold – (7) Nice deliveries as always but defensively shaky. Lacked aggression. Beautiful assist for Ox’s goal and grew into the game in the second half.
Konate – (4) looked a bit rusty early on but settled. Miscommunication between Trent and Konate who lost Wissa in the box for his goal in the first half. Extremely poor for Brentford’s third goal, got bullied. He and Van Dijk were targeted from the beginning and looked stressed.
Van Dijk – (5) Did not cover himself in glory in the first half. Brentford seemed to be targeting him and Konate. Seemingly brought off at half time because of an injury.
Tsimikas – (6) Very positive getting forward. He was unlucky to come off at half time.
Elliott – (5) booked in the 9th min. Hauled off at half time.
Fabinho – (4) lost his man for Mee’s goal from corner. Slow and lacked urgency. Liverpool needed a lot more from him.
Thiago – (7) tidy in midfield, saw a lot of the ball and was positive in his play.
Salah – (6) Nice through ball to Nunez who couldn’t finish. Did not affect the game when Liverpool needed goals.
Nunez – (5) Missed a big chance in the first 10 mins but it was a good block by Mee. Scored a lovely goal that was disallowed for offside. Had a good chance and it was a poor effort when Liverpool really needed a goal. Was not as involved in the play as in previous games.
Oxlade-Chamberlain – (7) lovely flick to Tsimikas in the box who should have done better in front of goal, 24th min. Looked sharp all game. Liverpool’s best player first half. Took his headed goal well.
Matip – (6) Adequate and positive in possession.
Robertson – (7) Changed Liverpool’s dynamic as soon as he came on. Gave his team energy and penetration out wide.
Keita – (5) Lost the ball and lead to Brentford’s third goal. Average.
Jones – (5) Did not impact the game.