Liverpool host Brentford at Anfield in a big Sunday of Premier League football. Both sides have had a strong start to the season and need a win to challenge for the top spot or a spot in Europe.
Liverpool currently sit third in the Premier League after 11 games. The Reds have seven wins, three draws and one loss which leaves them on 24 points, two behind second place Tottenham and three behind top of the league Manchester City.
In their last five games, Liverpool have three wins, one draw and one loss. In the Europa League Liverpool took on French side Toulouse. Diogo Jota opened the scoring but Thijs Dallinga drew Toulouse level. However, goals from Watanu Endo, Darwin Nunes, Ryan Gravenberch and Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the 5 - 1 win. Back in the Premier League, The Reds took on Nottingham Forest. Jota, Nunez and Salah were on the scoresheet again in the comfortable 3 - 0 win for Liverpool.
In the Round of 16 of the League Cup, Liverpool travelled to Bournemouth. Cody Gakpo opened the scoring in the first half but Justin Kluivert equalised in the 64th minute. However, Nunez popped up with another goal just six minutes later to give Liverpool the 2 - 1 win. Tahith Chong gave Luton a surprise lead in the 80th minute as The Hatters looked to grab a shock 1 - 0 win, though this was slashed to only a point as Luis Diaz grabbed a 95th minute equaliser.
The last time out for Liverpool was against Toulouse again in the Europa League. Arin Donnum and Dallinga put Toulouse into a shock 2 - 0 lead, but an own goal from Cristian Casseres Jr gave Liverpool a way back into the game. However, Frank Magri gave Toulouse a further lead that a goal from Jota couldn’t overturn as Toulouse won 3 - 2.
Brentford, on the other hand, sit ninth. In 11 games The Bees have four wins, four draws and three losses, leaving them on 16 points, six points from the Europa League spot.
In their last five games in all competitions, Brentford have three wins, one draw and one loss. Following a red card to Moussa Niakhate, Christian Norgaard gave Brentford the lead against Nottingham Forest. This lead only lasted seven minutes as Nicolas Dominguez scored to finish the game at 1 - 1. Mathias Jensen scored early on to give Brentford the lead over Manchester United. However, a double from Scott McTominay in extra time gave United the 2 - 1 comeback win.
Brentford bounced back against Burnley next time out. Yoane Wissa, Bryan Mbeumo and Saman Ghoddos all scored in the 3 - 0 win over a ten-man Burnley who had Connor Roberts sent off late on. The Bees then became the first team to win their first three visits to Stamford Bridge when Ethan Pinnock and Mbeumo both scored in the 2 - 0 win over Chelsea.
The most recent outing for Brentford was against West Ham. Neal Maupay opened the scoring but goals from Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen gave West Ham the 2 - 1 lead going into halftime. However, an own goal from Konstantinos Mavropanos and a goal from Nathan Collins gave Brentford the 3 - 2 win.
Liverpool and Brenford have only met 19 times in their histories, the first meeting coming back in 1906. Liverpool have the much better record with 11 wins in comparison to Brentford’s four wins, with the other four games ending in a draw.