Brentford 3-1 Liverpool: Bees punish Reds’ sloppy first-half performance

Yoane Wissa heads in for Brentford
Yoane Wissa has scored more goals against Liverpool than any other side in the Premier League

Liverpool missed the chance to reduce the gap to the Premier League’s top four as Brentford punished their defensive frailties in a deserved victory at the Community Stadium.

In a desperate first half, Liverpool shipped two poor goals amid an inspired performance from the hosts.

The opener came when Ibrahima Konate deflected a corner into his own net after 19 minutes.

Liverpool were unable to deal with Brentford’s set-pieces, conceding twice more from corners in the first half only for both goals to be ruled out for offside.

Moments after the second disallowed effort from Yoane Wissa, the Bees striker headed in after Liverpool had sloppily given the ball away.

A triple half-time change from a visibly frustrated Reds’ manager Jurgen Klopp, including replacing captain Virgil van Dijk, had the desired effect and Liverpool pulled one back through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain within five minutes of the restart.

At that stage the momentum seemed to be with Liverpool, but Brentford weathered the storm.

With six minutes left, Bryan Mbeumo sealed an impressive success, brushing off Konate in pursuit of a long ball before slotting home.

Brentford are now unbeaten in six games – their best run in the top flight for more than 80 years – and climb to seventh.

Liverpool, who would have been a point off fourth with a win, stay sixth and two points clear of the Bees.

Bees enjoy special first win over ragged Reds for 84 years

This was another special night under the lights for Brentford with victory against Liverpool added to vibrant wins over Manchester United and Arsenal since their return to the Premier League.

It was also their first victory over Liverpool since 1938.

But for all of their good work, Liverpool’s disorganised, error-strewn defensive performance was notable.

Konate was unfortunate with the first goal which flicked his calf, but that corner came from Mbeumo running clean through on the counter-attack and goalkeeper Alisson having to bail out the defence.

The visitors were all at sea at the two subsequent corners, fortunately surviving on both occasions.

They made one mistake too many seconds later, when Harvey Elliott lost the ball attempting a dummy in his own half which allowed Mathias Jensen to set up Wissa.

Konate should have been stronger too in the closing moments as Mbeumo knocked him off the ball before claiming the deserved third goal. It turned into a sorry night for the Liverpool centre-back on his first appearance since reaching the World Cup final with France.

After winning back-to-back games following the league’s restart, this was a disappointing setback for Klopp’s side.

They have now dropped 23 points in this campaign – one more than they did all last season.

More to follow

Player of the match

MbeumoBryan Mbeumo

Brentford

  1. Team number19Player nameMbeumo

  2. Team number11Player nameWissa

  3. Team number6Player nameNorgaard

  4. Team number16Player nameMe is

  5. Team number3Player nameHenry

  6. Team number8Player namejensen

  7. Team number7Player nameCanós

  8. Team number10Player nameDasilva

  9. Team number27Player nameJanelt

  10. Team number30Player nameRoerslev

  11. Team number23Player nameLewis-Potter

  12. Team number14Player nameGhoddos

  13. Team number29Player nameBech Sorensen

  14. Team number13Player nameM Jorgensen

  15. Team number5Player namePinnock

  16. Team number1Player nameRaya

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Raya
  • 13M JorgensenBooked at 2mins
  • 5Pinnock
  • 16Me is
  • 30Roerslev
  • 8jensenSubstituted forDasilvaat 74′minutes
  • 6Norgaard
  • 27JaneltSubstituted forGhoddosat 87′minutes
  • 3HenrySubstituted forBech Sorensenat 90+6′minutes
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forCanósat 88′minutes
  • 11WissaSubstituted forLewis-Potterat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Canós
  • 10Dasilva
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 22Strakosha
  • 23Lewis-Potter
  • 24damsgaard
  • 29Bech Sorensen
  • 32Crama
  • 35Trevitt

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 5Konate
  • 4van DijkSubstituted forMatipat 45′minutes
  • 21TsimikasSubstituted forRobertsonat 45′minutes
  • 19ElliottBooked at 9minsSubstituted forKeïtaat 45′minutes
  • 3Fabinho
  • 6Thiago AlcantaraBooked at 57mins
  • 11Salah
  • 27NúñezBooked at 72mins
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forJonesat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gomez
  • 8Keïta
  • 17Jones
  • 26Robertson
  • 28Carvalho
  • 32Matip
  • 43Bajcetic
  • 47Phillips
  • 62Kelleher

Referees:
Stuart Attwell

Attendance:
17,163

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