Premier League match report Liverpool v Brentford 16 January 2022

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Liverpool ended the weekend in second spot after defeating Brentford 3-0 in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon.

Manager Jurgen Klopp dropped James Milner and Takumi Minamino to the bench from the Reds goalless draw against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup in midweek, with Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain given starts.

Liverpool were presented an opening after 13 minutes from a cross into the area by Fabinho which met the head of Oxlade-Chamberlain however Bees goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez dived down to parry.

The Bees continued to live nervously in the middle of the first half from an unlikely character in Virgil Van Dijk following a corner-kick, but an outstretched leg from Fernandez smothered the Dutchman.

Brentford didn’t sit back in the wake of the quiet start minutes to the break and launched a scare too through a shot from distance by Ivan Toney off misplaced possession by the Reds.

However, the Reds made their earlier momentum count a minute to halftime when Fabinho broke away from a challenge in the area to plant a header into the bottom corner.

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Thomas Frank opted for fresh faces at the start of the second half, with Rico Henry removed and Spanish international Sergi Canos introduced.

This changed sparked the Bees to life inside the 59th minute as Bryan Mbuemo turned goal-wards on the edge of the area from Christian Norgaard’s pass to flash inches wide of target.

Liverpool retrieved momentum nine minutes thereafter and increased their lead when a diagonal cross from the left by Andrew Robertson met Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who headed home.

A third goal arrived for the Reds inside the last ten minutes as misplaced possession by the visitors found Roberto Fimino who teed-up substitute Minamino for an easy close-range finish.

The Bees struggled to sustain the Reds, who could’ve had a fourth late on through Kaide Gordon but Fernandez saved to see out the match.