Team news, stats and predictions ahead of Brentford vs Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday Night Football; kick off at 5.30 p.m.
Shandon Baptiste could return after a suspension when Brentford hosts Liverpool on Saturday.
The midfielder missed Tuesday’s 7-0 Carabao Cup victory over Oldham following his red card in last weekend’s 2-0 Premier League win over Wolves.
The Bees don’t have any new injury issues, but Mads Sorensen and Josh Dasilva are long-missing.
Liverpool will be without the pair of midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita, but several players could return to the action.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said Thiago Alcantara will be ruled out with a muscle problem until after the international break, and has confirmed that Naby Keita has suffered another injury setback.
Thiago is expected to be out until after the international break after sustaining a calf injury in last week’s home win over Crystal Palace and Keita injured his foot in the midweek Carabao Cup win in Norwich.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (illness), Roberto Firmino (hamstrings), James Milner and Neco Williams are all expected to return.
How to follow
Saturday 25 September 5:00 p.m.
Kick-off at 5.30 p.m.
Brentford vs Liverpool is live Sky Sports Premier League starting at 17h ; kick off at 5.30 p.m. Air sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Air sports website and app. Highlights will also be posted on the Air sports digital platforms and Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.
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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Brentford’s win over Wolves
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Liverpool’s win over Crystal Palace
Jones knows the prediction
Brentford is a very smart club. The decision to base their survival season on clean sheets rather than playing the fluid football that brought them to the Premier League is one that Norwich must wish it had adopted. In their five encounters, Brentford have conceded just two goals, a statistic confirmed by their expected goals against a 3.92 figure, making them the second best defense in the Premier League. An in-depth test awaits you here, however.
Liverpool have regained their composure, but the 4/9 with Sky Bet for an away win doesn’t excite me. The 6/4 for a Liverpool win to zero is a bit more tempting, although it may take some time for the Reds to break this well-organized outfit.
Brentford, however, is too highly rated in terms of their ability to restrict Liverpool’s shots. This has led Sky Bet to offer very generous shooting lines for Liverpool, 18 or more being able to be kicked at 7/2. A fantastic price.
In their last 14 Premier League appearances, Liverpool – full of spirit and energy – have averaged 21.36 shots per 90 minutes during this span. This season they are working at a 25 shots per 90 minutes ratio, of which 125 have been posted in their five games. They are only the second team since 2003/04 to have managed more than 100 shots in their first five games of a season – Chelsea having 138 in 2009/10.
To give you an idea of the value offered here, Liverpool have managed 16 or more shots in 13 of their last 14 Premier League games. Let’s not forget that Brentford are a newly promoted team and – naturally – there will be a lot of fear factors in the spotlight, facing one of the best teams in Europe.
Yes, they’ve restricted teams like Brighton, Aston Villa and Wolves to minimal effort on goal, but that’s Liverpool we’re talking about. Jurgen Klopp’s men are on a different level and a relentless beast in terms of choking teams going forward. I would be very surprised if they don’t cross the 16 or more move line and bettors should also respect the 21+ (11/2 with Sky Bet) and 25+ (22/1 with Sky Bet). That 22/1 line has reportedly won in three of Liverpool’s five Premier League games this season.
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- It will be the first league meeting between Brentford and Liverpool since May 1947. The two sides drew 1-1 at Griffin Park, resulting in the Bees’ relegation from the elite, while Liverpool won the title.
- In all competitions, Liverpool have won their last four meetings with Brentford, scoring 14 goals and conceding just two. However, this is the first meeting between the two teams since the Reds won 4-0 at Anfield in the FA Cup in March 1989.
- Liverpool have scored exactly four goals in each of their last three encounters with Brentford in all competitions, although all of those matches took place between 1983 and 1989 between 1894-1896), Crewe Alexandra (5 between 1895-1992) and West Ham (4 between 2017-2018).
- Liverpool have lost just one of their last 27 Premier League games against promoted sides (W22 D4), losing 1-0 at home to Fulham last season. Meanwhile, the last time the Reds lost their very first Premier League encounter against a team was in October 2010 (1-2 against Blackpool).
- Brentford Community Stadium will be the 60th different ground on which Liverpool have played a Premier League game. The Reds have won 57 of the 59 they have played in so far, more than any other team in the competition.
- Brentford lost their last home league game to Brighton, thanks to a winning strike in the 90th minute. They haven’t lost a back-to-back home league game since a threesome streak in December 2018.