LIVE: Brentford vs Liverpool – Jurgen Klopp’s side look to go three points clear at the top of the Premier League as Thomas Frank’s side look to spring their biggest surprise since promotion
- Liverpool went top of the table after Chelsea’s defeat to Manchester City
- Jurgen Klopp’s side could go three points clear at the top with an away victory
- Brentford have made a bright start to the season are aiming to cause an upset
- Latest Premier League news, including live action and results
- Race for the Golden Boot – as it stands
- Premier League table – as it stands
Liverpool could take advantage of other results this weekend and go three points clear at the top of the Premier League, should they defeat Brentford.
Thomas Frank’s side picked up a big victory at home in their first game of the season against Arsenal and they are aiming to cause an even bigger upset in Saturday’s late kick-off.
Follow Sportsmail’s Kieran Lynch for live coverage of Brentford vs Liverpool, including build-up, team news and updates.
The players from both teams are heading out onto the pitch to ‘Hey Jude’ with fans of both Brentford and Liverpool joining in.
Fingers crossed for a cracking game to match the atmosphere!
Jurgen Klopp has been giving his pre-match thoughts to Sky and said: ‘We have to make changes last two weeks as we did and that’s our line-up for today. Another game in three days then another one. Trent was a little bit unwell and Robbo got a rest because he plays all the games for Scotland, all the time so we have to give him a rest time to time even if he doesn’t want it.
‘It’s just good, the way Brentford scout, the way they do it for a number of years already but finally rewarded which is nice. On the pitch they can be a little nasty as well so won’t hesitate to do the things I don’t like too much but it’s football so it’s fine but we have to be ready for a proper fight today.’
Here are the results from the early and 3pm kick-offs
Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City
Manchester United 0-1 Aston Villa
Everton 2-0 Norwich
Leeds 1-2 West Ham
Leicester 2-2 Burnley
Watford 1-1 Newcastle
Thomas Frank has told Sky Sports: ‘It is a big game, liverpool one of the biggest clubs in history but also they are one of the best teams in europe, one of the best managers in Europe so it’s a massive challenge but we’re up for it and we’ll do our best to attack.
‘Liverpool are big favourites but we’ll do our very best to be as front-footed, as aggressive, intense and try to attack as much as we can but we also know we need to defend our box quite well.’
The return of defensive trio Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip was always guaranteed to give Liverpool’s backline a boost but surprisingly it could be benefitting the Reds more at the other end of the pitch.
The Reds’ 3-0 triumph over Norwich City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday saw Takumi Minamino score from a Kostas Tsimikas corner just four minutes into the game.
The goal was Liverpool’s seventh from a set piece in all competitions so far this season in just as many games.
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Defeats for Chelsea and Manchester United mean Liverpool could be three points clear with a victory today which will be very handy ahead of their huge clash with Manchester City next weekend.
Chelsea and Liverpool have matched each other result-for-result up until this point and it would be quite something if Brentford can pull off a 1-0 result against the Reds.
The last time these sides met in the league was back in May 1947 and their first meeting since a 1989 FA Cup tie.
Four changes for Jurgen Klopp’s side from the one that beat Crystal Palace, with Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Robertson and Jones stepping in for Milner, Konate, Tsimikas and the injured Thiago.
Here is how the hosts will line-up this afternoon
And welcome everyone to Sportsmail’s coverage of Liverpool’s trip to Brentford which kicks off at 5.30pm.
Liverpool have made a good start to the season but Thomas Frank’s side could prove to be stern opposition for the Reds in today’s late kick-off.
Jurgen Klopp’s men could go three points clear at the top of the Premier League with a victory, thanks to defeats for Chelsea and Aston Villa.
Kieran Lynch with you today and I will provide all the build-up, team news and updates.
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