Four of Liverpool’s hopes were dashed as Brentford took advantage of a botched defense to win 3-1 on Monday.
Brentford were successful against Liverpool for the first time since 1938, when goals from Ibrahima Konate’s Ibrahima Konate’s Ioan Wissa and Brian Mbuemo sealed the victory in the absence of talisman Ivan Toni at the Brentford Community Stadium.
After losing 2-0 at half-time, Jurgen Klopp announced changes including the replacement of Virgil van Dijk, and Liverpool were given hope by a 50th-minute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain header.
However, Mbuemo seized on Konate’s mistake late to kill the game and snap Liverpool’s four-match winning streak in the Premier League.
Mbeumo’s shot was carried over to a corner from the start, but Brentford opened the game with a set-piece, Konate’s own goal from Mbeumo’s cross.
The Brentford threat from corners continued, with Wissa hitting the net twice, but the offside flag came to Liverpool’s rescue twice.
However Wisse was not denied a third time as he headed home from a cross from Matthias Jensen and Alisson failed to recover the ball before he crossed the line.
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Klopp made a triple substitution at half-time and it seemed to have an instant effect when Darwin Nunes fired on goal, but a VAR check showed he was offside.
Liverpool had one defender shortly after a superb Trent Alexander-Arnold cross was met by Oxlade-Chamberlain in his 100th league appearance for the Reds.
However, after weathering the storm, Brentford took a memorable well-deserved win with six minutes left, knocking Konate out of the ball before going through Alisson.
What does this mean? Bees go flyer in 2023
Brentford’s excellent Premier League campaign continues with another win over one of the big boys meaning they have beaten Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool this season.
A superb win and a performance without key player Tony saw them climb to seventh place, just two points behind Liverpool, and the Bees have certainly put any fear of relegation behind them forever.
Mbeumo missed a big chance early on, but he bounced back with brilliant creativity before scoring a late third goal.
His set-piece serve caused havoc throughout the game for Liverpool as he created two commanding chances and his 84th-minute strike summed up his excellent performance.
Nunes drew another gap
Questions from Aston Villa’s game over Nunes’ finish will continue as the £85m Liverpool player failed to make the scoresheet again, including a shocking first-half miss.
Nunez did a hard job edging past the goalkeeper after a cross from Mohamed Salah, but Ben Mee blocked the Uruguayan’s shot from the line.
The situation did not improve for Nuñez, who saw a goal disallowed after the break but was unable to help his team get back into the game. He has missed more big chances this season than any other Premier League player (15).
Key facts about opts
– Brentford have never lost in the Premier League, in which they opened the scoring, having won 15 times and drawn four times.
– Liverpool have lost every one of their last 21 Premier League games in which they were 2+ goals behind at half-time since beating Manchester City 3-2 in October 2008.
– Liverpool have won their first league game in only two of the last nine calendar years (D3 L4), beating Burnley 2-1 in 2018 and Sheffield United 2-0 in 2020.
– Oxlade-Chamberlain became the eighth player to score in his 100th Premier League appearance for Liverpool and the first since Mohamed Salah in March 2020.
– Wissa scored two goals in his three Premier League matches against Liverpool; he has not scored more than one against any other side.
Both teams will play in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday, with Liverpool taking on Wolves at Anfield and Brentford hosting West Ham.