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Liverpool FC vs Brentford FC, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

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Liverpool can close gap on the top four as they host Brentford

  • Liverpool can go within a point of Manchester United in 4th with victory here
  • The Reds have won five on the bounce to put themselves back in contention
  • Brentford’s form has improved recently, winning their last two

Liverpool to win 2-1

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, Anfield

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Liverpool have given themselves an unlikely opportunity to get back into the race for the top four, following a spell of good form and a few slip-ups above them.

With Manchester United losing to Brighton in midweek, the Reds can now go within a point of their historic rivals with a place in the Champions League at stake.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have rebounded well in recent times, winning their last five and putting themselves back in contention. Their forward line has rediscovered its best form and even their midfield is more solid.

Brentford are four places and nine points below Liverpool in the league, and it would seem that their chances of a European place are gone this season.

That said, they are on a two-game winning streak, following three defeats from their previous four matches, and will fancy their chances of giving Liverpool a run for their money here.

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     Five wins on the bounce

     Lost just one of their 10 meetings with Brentford at Anfield

Reasons to be fearful:

     Lost to Brentford earlier in the season

     Just one clean sheet from their last six

As we have seen in previous seasons, this Liverpool side are great at building a winning run once they get going.

For a number of reasons, Jurgen Klopp’s men haven’t been at their best this campaign, but they have the chance to end it strongly after five wins on the bounce and a relatively kind fixture list over the next month.

They don’t face any of their top-seven neighbours over that period, and their games against top-half teams – Brentford and Aston Villa – they play at Anfield.

This, and the game against Aston Villa, represents their toughest remaining test, especially having lost to the Bees earlier in the season. 

The Reds were poor on that occasion, conceding three goals and looking like a team that had lost its fight. Some of that fight has returned recently and it’ll be interesting to see if they really believe them can claim 4th spot this season.

Star Man – Mo Salah

Salah’s form has been key to Liverpool’s improved run of late, netting in five of his last six appearances for the Reds. He’s the ever-present figure upfront, with Nunez, Jota, Dias, Gakpo and Firmino slotting in around him.

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Beat Liverpool 3-1 earlier in the season

     Two wins on the bounce suggests a return to former form

Reasons to be fearful

     Poor record at Anfield

     Still over-rely on Toney for goals

Brentford’s spell of six games without victory is likely to rule them out of a European spot this season, although that’s what Thomas Frank and his men would probably deserve for their efforts this campaign.

They’ve been one of the best teams to watch at times, and the signs are that they will enjoy an exciting finish to the season. It certainly will be if they can claim three points here.

The Bees’ record at Anfield isn’t positive, however, with just one victory coming in their last 10 visits to Liverpool. They’ve lost their last six on the bounce.

Still, they enter this contest in good form, having brushed past Chelsea and come from behind to beat Nottingham Forest. Can they make it three in a row here?

Star Man – Ivan Toney

There’s no doubt that Brentford rely on Toney heavily for goals – he has four times as many as any other Bees player this season. He has scored seven goals in his last 14 games.

     Both sides will be vulnerable at the back

     Liverpool must watch Brentford on the counter

     Two or more goals in the game

Liverpool have a glorious opportunity – one they probably didn’t think possible – to get back into the race for Champions League football.

If Manchester United slip up once again, in their away game to West Ham 24 hours later, Liverpool really could be in business. 

That said, Brentford will be tricky opponents here. They know all about beating Liverpool from earlier this season, although it’ll be considerably tougher at Anfield.

The Reds should just edge it.

Liverpool to win 2-1

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Author: Ross B.