Liverpool take 2nd place of Chelsea

17 Jan 2022 | 07:04 | Football

Coach Jurgen Klopp’s teachers and students easily beat Brentford 3-0 in round 22 of the Premier League on the evening of January 16 (Hanoi time).

For the first time since 2017, Liverpool played without both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. This is the duo that has contributed 48% of the goals of “The Kop” in the Premier League (180 out of 378 goals) over the past 4 seasons.

Like the match against Arsenal, Liverpool deployed the ball quite slowly. The host’s attacks are mostly ended by hanging the ball from two sides. While Roberto Firmino disappeared, Diogo Jota became the main attack of “The Kop”. The Portuguese player finished continuously, but could not beat the rolling of the Brentford defense.

Liverpool hold the ball 74%, so the pair of midfielders Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip often attack. In the 23rd minute, Van Dijk almost opened the scoring after a close-range shot. Goalkeeper Fernandez missed the move, but still managed to save the visitors.

After 11 unsuccessful attempts, the goal also came to the home team in the 44th minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner made the white shirt’s defense confused. The ball found Fabinho’s position, and he did not miss, finishing from 3 meters to open the scoring.

Fabinho's goal became the key to helping Liverpool neutralize the Brentford phenomenon.

Fabinho’s goal became the key to helping Liverpool neutralize the Brentford phenomenon.

The initiative was still firmly grasped by Liverpool in the second half. Crosses were still regularly made by the host thanks to the mobility of the full-back duo. After the first period of playing well, the defense of Brentford gradually revealed the weakness of concentration.

The “swarm of bees” received 2 more goals, both stemming from personal errors. In the 69th minute, midfielder Pinnock cut the ball to create the conditions for Oxlade-Chamberlain to cross the edge of the wall to make it 2-0. 8 minutes later, midfielder Norgaard’s turn to lose the ball right in front of the 16.5 m line. Firmino tackled a teammate to help Minamino celebrate his 27th birthday with a goal.

In 2 confrontations with Brentford this season, “The Kop” has scored 3 goals. However, the red shirt defense played better and did not concede a goal in the second leg. This result helped Klopp’s teachers and students end a series of 3 games without winning in the Premier League to take Chelsea’s 2nd place. The Anfield club has narrowed the gap with Man City to 11 points and still has a match in hand.

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