Liverpool are in fifth place, four places and nine points better than Brentford, who have faint hopes of European qualification.
KO date, time and TV coverage
Premier League, Saturday 6 May, kick-off 5:30pm, live on Sky Sports Main Event
Liverpool 2-1 Brentford
Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals Both teams to score Salah & Toney to score (Build-a-Bet)
Liverpool and Brentford have met three times since the Bees were promoted. Brentford won 3-1 earlier this season, while Liverpool won 3-0 at Anfield last season. Their first meeting was a 3-3 draw. There were 11 different goal scorers in those three meetings, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Yoane Wissa the only players to score twice. Since a 0-0 draw at Chelsea, Liverpool’s games have averaged 4.5 goals per game. Ivan Toney (4) was the only Brentford player to score more than once in April. Mo Salah (7), Diogo Jota (5) and Cody Gakpo (2) scored more than once for Liverpool.
Liverpool vs Brentford team news
Thiago Alcantara (knee) will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. Calvin Ramsay (knee) and Stefan Bajcetic (groin) are also unavailable. Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino were back on the training pitch this week and their progress will be monitored ahead of the game. Pontus Jansson (hamstring) and Keane Lewis-Potter (knee) are confirmed out. Thomas Strakosha (calf) was absent last weekend but will hope to prove his fitness for Saturday. Christian Norgaard (calf) is close to a return but will miss this game, while Kristoffer Ajer played for the under-21s last week and could be ready to go.
Liverpool strengthened their grip on fifth place with a 1-0 win against Fulham on Wednesday. Mo Salah’s 39th minute penalty was decisive as the Reds struggled to create quality chances. Salah’s strike from the spot was just one of six shots they put together from inside the box and the only one of those inside the width of the six-yard box. The most enjoyable aspect of the game for Jurgen Klopp is the clean sheet. This is the first time they have stopped the opposition since a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge a month ago. Brentford are the latest of the teams to enjoy the off week with a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest. The goals were lucky, but the Bees dominated possession and created most of the chances. It was their second win in the space of five days – they also beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge – a great way to stop the rot as Thomas Frank’s men failed to win their previous six. The Bees’ 2-1 win at the Etihad remains the highlight of the season and is the blueprint for this game. Despite firing 29 shots, City produced an xG of 1.61, which equates to an average of 0.05 per shot. The Cityzens never came close to the six-yard box. Like Fulham on Wednesday, Brentford were able to pile bodies behind the ball and limit their opponents to one big chance in the game. At the break, they gave up six great scoring chances. The return of Diogo Jota has unlocked Liverpool’s attacking potential. They have scored 16 goals in their last five games with Jota averaging a goal a game and chipping in with one assist. Given their current form, a Brentford win would top the result at the Etihad. The away side may be able to block Anfield early, but it won’t last. However, their threat on the break means they should score. Despite their win, Liverpool conceded six goals in nine games. The visitors have scored six goals in their three Premier League meetings since promotion. Their first Anfield goal comes in handy, but betting on a win could be a stretch. If you’re looking for a big price on Saturday, think twice about the Build-a-Bet goalscorer. Mo Salah is on fire at the moment and Ivan Toney has scored in six of Brentford’s last 10 away games. He will certainly lead any successful counter-attack at Anfield.
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