Brentford v Liverpool LIVE comment: Cody Gakpo debut unlikely but trio could return as Ivan Toney set to play


Brentford host Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday night, looking to cause another upset.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have won their last four league games and are closing in on the top four, and they can close the gap to Manchester United to just one point with a win.

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Liverpool weren’t at their best against Leicester but got the job done

The Reds are finding a way to win right now but know Brentford will pose an extremely difficult task with the Bees unbeaten in their last five games.

Thomas Frank’s side have won against Manchester City and West Ham away and drawn with Tottenham in their last three games, and can climb to seventh place with a win.

Brentford v Liverpool: talkSPORT coverage

This Premier League clash at Gtech Community Stadium will take place on Monday, January 2.

Kick-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

talkSPORT will have exclusive live commentary from West London, with Adrian Durham as host while Sam Matterface and Danny Murphy will provide commentary.

To tune into talkSPORT via the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Frank recently signed a new contract with Brentford and his side are in fine form

Frank recently signed a new contract with Brentford and his side are in fine form

Brentford v Liverpool: team news

Despite being stretched off the pitch against West Ham, Ivan Toney is in contention to play against Liverpool after his knee injury was ruled minor.

But Kristoffer Ajer, Aaron Hickey and Shandon Baptiste are all absent.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp could debut new signing Cody Gakpo after joining from PSV Eindhoven for an initial fee of £37m.

However, there are doubts whether his transfer paperwork was completed on time and he is more likely to be involved in the FA Cup this weekend.

Arthur Melo, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz remain on the sidelines but Curtis Jones, James Milner and Roberto Firmino could return.

Fabinho is also expected to be back after his partner gave birth and he missed the Leicester game, while Andy Robertson and Harvey Elliott are nursing the blows.

Gakpo is eligible to make his debut

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Gakpo is eligible to make his debut

Brentford v Liverpool: what has been said?

“We have huge confidence in ourselves,” Brentford boss Thomas Frank said ahead of the clash.

“We have a fantastic group of players. We talk about our attitude all the time – we’re confident but humble.

“We are very confident that we can get a very good result against any team, but also humbled to know that we have to work hard.

“Liverpool are a fantastic team, with a fantastic manager. No matter when you play Liverpool, they are always good.

“Under the Gtech spotlight, we’ll fly and do everything we can to get the three points.

“We want to make it a fortress. We want to be really difficult to face, also away, but especially at home. We have to be brave and aggressive and we have to attack.

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“It’s like we don’t have a team, honestly. We can’t play like Monopoly. It’s like that and we’ve never done it, so I don’t understand that.

“Of course, we can’t just spend – and we never could. Surprisingly, we always sorted out our situations.

“That’s a big part of my philosophy, really working with faith and trust with the players you have, and not constantly questioning them and telling them we need another player for this or that position.”

Brentford v Liverpool: Facts of the game

  • Brentford are winless in their last nine meetings with Liverpool in all competitions (D2 L7) since a 2-1 home win in November 1938.
  • In a run dating back to October 1983, Liverpool have scored at least three goals in each of their last five meetings with Brentford in all competitions. The only team against which they have scored more than 3 goals in six consecutive games is Fulham, between 1986 and 2000.
  • Liverpool have scored at least once in each of their last 26 Premier League away matches in London, scoring 56 times in a run dating back to August 2018 (W15 D8 L3). It is the longest streak of consecutive matches ever scored by a non-London side in league away games in the capital since the Football League was founded in 1888 in any division.
  • Brentford have won their first league game in each of the last three calendar years – only once before in four consecutive years, between 1929 and 1932.
  • Liverpool have only won their first league game in two of the last eight calendar years (D3 L3), beating Burnley 2-1 in 2018 and Sheffield United 2-0 in 2020.
  • Brentford have drawn their last three home matches in the Premier League, just one less than they have drawn in their first 24 home matches in the competition (W10 D4 L10). The Bees last drew at home in the league in March/April 2021.
  • In all competitions, Liverpool have won 23 of their 49 games in the month of January under Jürgen Klopp (47%), their lowest win rate in any given month under the German. They also lost more games in January during his tenure (14) than in any other month.
  • Liverpool striker Darwin Núñez has managed 23 shots in his five Premier League away appearances, attempting a shot every 17 minutes, despite only converting two of those attempts (9%). It is the most shots attempted by a player in his first five away appearances in the competition since Santi Cazorla, who also made 23 in 2012 for Arsenal.
  • Liverpool striker Darwin Núñez has managed 23 shots in his five Premier League away appearances, attempting a shot every 17 minutes, despite only converting two of those attempts (9%). It is the most shots attempted by a player in his first five away appearances in the competition since Santi Cazorla, who also made 23 in 2012 for Arsenal.
  • Liverpool striker Darwin Núñez has managed 23 shots in his five Premier League away appearances, attempting a shot every 17 minutes, despite only converting two of those attempts (9%). It is the most shots attempted by a player in his first five away appearances in the competition since Santi Cazorla, who also made 23 in 2012 for Arsenal.
  • Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been directly involved in 16 goals in his last 19 Premier League appearances at the Brentford Community Stadium (12 goals, 4 assists). Since the Bees started playing there in 2020-21, Toney has scored 29 stadium goals in all competitions, 19 more than any other player.



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