Get ready for an exciting showdown at Anfield in the upcoming Premier League weekend as Liverpool prepares to face the red-hot Brentford side, riding high on a three-game winning streak. The Reds will need to bounce back after a disappointing week which included a draw against newly promoted side Luton Town and a defeat against mid-table Toulouse side. Thomas Frank‘s Brentford, eyeing a top-seven spot and a ticket to European competitions, is no stranger to success, having secured a victory against Liverpool earlier this year. As anticipation builds, both teams gear up for what promises to be a thrilling rematch, with Brentford ready to put in the hard work needed to replicate their earlier triumph.
When, Where, and Who will Officiate?
The match will take place tomorrow Sunday at 7:30 pm at Anfield. Paul Tierney will be the primary official of the match. Nick Greenhalgh & Mark Scholes will be the match assistants. The Fourth official will be Tim Robinson and Stuart Attwell will be on VAR Duty.
Liverpool receives positive news with the return of Luis Diaz’s father, who was kidnapped two weeks ago. However, they will miss the services of Alexis Mac Allister in the upcoming match due to a suspension after accumulating his fifth yellow card of the season. Midfielders Stefan Bajcetic, Thiago, and Curtis Jones are set to be sidelined for an extended period.
Ryan Gravenberch, who sat out the Europa League match with a slight knock, is expected to return to the starting lineup at Anfield. While Andrew Robertson remains unavailable, there’s a possibility of Virgil van Dijk making a comeback after being absent in the recent Thursday fixture. Unfortunately, teenager Conor Bradley is still recovering from an injury.
Jurgen Klopp may opt to give young talent Kaide Gordon another opportunity, considering his recent appearance on the bench in the last match against Toulouse, marking his return from a long-term injury.
Brentford faces challenges in their squad lineup as star striker Ivan Toney continues to serve a ban. Another striker, Kevin Schade, is not anticipated to start, and Keane Lewis-Potter is also likely to be on the sidelines. While Josh Dasilva and Mikkel Damsgaard have recovered from injury, their starting status against Liverpool remains uncertain. The absence of fullbacks Aaron Hickey and Rico Henry might prompt Thomas Frank to opt for a five-man defense, potentially including someone like Vitaly Janelt. Goalkeeper Mark Flekken is expected to make a return after missing the last match against West Ham.
Liverpool predicted lineup vs Brentford: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Elliot, Endo, Szoboszlai; Salah, Gakpo, Jota.
Brentford predicted lineup vs Liverpool: Flekken; Ajer, Collins, Pinnock; Roerslev, Jensen, Norgaard, Onyeka, Janelt; Mbeumo, Wissa.
Liverpool are expected to win the match as the record at Anfield is great for the Reds. Brentford’s habit of scoring goals and Liverpool’s tendency to concede early might result in the Reds coming from behind once again this season.
Klopp’s side doesn’t have a lot of options in the midfield but they need to make work with what they have in hand. Cody Gakpo can also start in the midfield because the Dutch started in the middle of the park quite a few times during the start of the season. Thomas Frank’s side have a tough competition ahead away at Anfield but Liverpool would like to turn back their fortunes this weekend to get back into the title challenge after both the North London clubs failed to register a win last week.