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Brentford denies Liverpool’s share of six goals in loot

ByRoborto Sykes

Sep 25, 2021

Liverpool lost the lead twice when a thrilling 3-3 draw at Brentford on Saturday left J├╝rgen Klopp’s men just one point clear at the top of the Premier League.

Defeats to Chelsea and Manchester United earlier in the day propelled Liverpool into first place and gave the Reds a golden opportunity to open a three-point lead.

However, Brentford showed why they got off to such a good start to their first top season in 74 years in a six-goal thriller that swung from start to finish.

Ethan Pinnock opened the scoring for the home side before Diogo Jota quickly equalized.

Mohamed Salah and Curtis Jones then gave Liverpool the lead twice, only before the visitors were fed back by Vitaly Janelt and Yoane Wissa.

A point was the least Brentford deserved, as the Bees gave the front-runners more defensive problems than they’ve seen all season since Virgil van Dijk returned from injury.

Thomas Frank’s men are ninth after losing just one of their first six league games.

The visitors got their first big chance when Kristoffer Ajer scored a brilliant goal to save Salah’s attempt.

But Brentford’s battering rams up front Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo quickly caused all kinds of problems for Van Dijk and Joel Matip.

Toney headed just wide and Frank Onyeka fired a good chance before Mbeumo also forced Matip off the line.

The pressure from the Bees finally paid off when a cleverly executed free kick saw the ball flash over Liverpool’s goal and Pinnock outsmarted his muscular Fabinho to bundle to the back post.

Liverpool were just four minutes behind and tied the score in style when Jordan Henderson’s cross picked out Jota to drive a header into the bottom corner.

The Portuguese would have had a second shortly afterwards, but for an incredible reaction from David Raya after Jones’ first attempt came back from the post.

After the break, a pulsating game raged from start to finish.

Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal in 151 appearances for Liverpool from Fabinho’s stunning chip over the Brentford defence.

The offside flag went up against the Egyptian, but a VAR review proved Salah was onside.

This time, Brentford bounced back quickly as Pontus Jansson’s shot came back from the crossbar and on the second attempt, Janelt nodded the ball over the line, despite Trent Alexander-Arnold’s best efforts to clear it.

Only injuries to Harvey Elliott and Thiago Alcantara opened the door for Jones to get his first Premier League start of the season.

The 20-year-old seized the opportunity to impress when his fierce charge fired Ajer, leaving Raya helpless.

Brentford refused to be beaten, however, and got the point that their performance deserved eight minutes from time.

Toney’s towering presence once again unbalanced the Liverpool defense and substitute Wissa delicately dipped the ball over the advancing Alisson Becker.

Moments later, Toney had the ball in the net, but the frenzied celebrations at Brentford Community Stadium were cut short by the offside flag.

And they could have lost it even in stoppage time when Raya extended himself to save from Roberto Firmino in a breathless lock.

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