Anfield awaits a cracker as Liverpool's free-scoring Reds take on Brentford's buoyant Bees!

Jurgen Klopp's men are starting to hit their stride after crushing Bournemouth last weekend. But the Bees are buzzing after a thrilling comeback win over West Ham.

Liverpool's flying forwards like Salah and Jota will be licking their lips looking at Brentford's dodgy defense. But Ivan Toney would love to bully young Reds defender Joe Gomez.

In midfield, Brentford string-puller Mathias Jensen will hope to outfox Fabinho. While David Raya must be alert in goal to deny Liverpool's sharpshooters.

Can the high-flying Bees avoid a sting in the tail at Anfield? Or will Klopp's men swarm Brentford with their lethal attack? A Merseyside classic awaits!

Liverpool vs Brentford

The match will take place on Sunday, 12th November, 2023, at Anfield

Diaz Dramatic Late Leveler Denies Gutsy Hatters

Luton put in an incredible rearguard performance to repel waves of Liverpool pressure and come within minutes of a famous win. They defended with guts and guile.

Center-backs Tom Lockyer and Dan Potts made countless blocks and last-ditch tackles to deny the Reds. Heroic goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski also made wonderful saves.

The Hatters tackled and headed everything that moved, throwing bodies on the line. Their staggering defensive work rate and bravery left Liverpool exasperated.

Nunez Nightmare as Reds Misfire

It was an afternoon of frustration for Liverpool as a combination of spirited defending and dreadful finishing cost them victory.

Darwin Nunez will have nightmares after spurning several gilt-edged chances, including somehow missing an open goal from two yards out!

For all their territorial dominance, the Reds lacked composure where it mattered. Luton's gritty rearguard didn't cave against the barrage.

Magic Missing From Midfield

With Alexis Mac Allister suspended, Liverpool's midfield three lacked its usual craft and guile to unpick Luton's stubborn defense.

Thiago Alcantara was sorely missed as the likes of Henderson, Gravenberch, and Elliott struggled to create clear openings.

Too often they resorted to aimless crosses against the towering Luton center-backs. Unlocking deep defenses remains Liverpool's Achilles heel.

Salah Subdued on Trying Afternoon

Normally Liverpool's go-to match-winner, Mohamed Salah endured a frustrating afternoon as Luton kept him under wraps.

The Egyptian had few sights of goal and constantly ran down blind alleys. His only chance was a missed first-half free-kick.

On a day Liverpool toiled, Salah was unable to produce his trademark magic. A sign of how doggedly Luton executed their game plan.

Klopp Sees Red Again

Already minus the suspended Mac Allister, seeing J├╝rgen Klopp receive another yellow card was the last thing Liverpool needed.

But the German couldn't contain his frustration as big calls went against his side, leaving the bench even shorter.

Klopp will have to watch his touchline behavior with disciplinary issues mounting. But his passion shows how much he cares.

Diaz Delivers When It Matters

After a traumatic week waiting for news of his kidnapped father, Luis Diaz returned brokenhearted at full time, Luton's players gave everything to earn Liverpool a point with a stooping header.

The Colombian's emotional celebration highlighted his relief after a traumatic week. To deliver in such circumstances shows immense mental strength.

When Liverpool lacked inspiration, Diaz supplied it right at the death. The Reds owe their star man huge gratitude.

Bees Sting Hammers Again With Thrilling Comeback

Neal Maupay chose the perfect moment to end his long goal drought - an outing against his favorite victims West Ham! The Brentford striker headed home the opener to set the Bees buzzing.

Maupay showed a poacher's instinct to convert from close range after Onyeka's wayward shot fell kindly. His first goal in 35 games will be a huge relief for the player and club.

Maupay just loves playing the Hammers. Brentford will hope their main man has rediscovered his scoring touch after this morale-boosting strike.

Mbeumo Torments sorry Hammers

Pacy winger Bryan Mbeumo ran West Ham ragged all afternoon with his direct dribbling and intelligent movement. He epitomized Brentford's vibrant attack.

Mbeumo gave Emerson nightmares with his twinkle-toed trickery out wide. He deservedly grabbed assists for both Brentford's second-half goals.

The flying Frenchman produced a performance brimming with menace and quality. Mbeumo is emerging as a big game player this season.

Set Piece Specialists Do the Damage

Brentford profited from their aerial dominance at set pieces to complete the comeback after the break. First Mavropanos' own goal leveled it up from a corner.

Then center-back Collins grabbed the winner with a thumping header from Jensen's pinpoint cross. He towered above the West Ham defense.

Utilizing their height at dead balls is a huge part of Brentford's approach. Here, it proved the difference against the Hammers.

Midfield Maestro Jensen Pulls the Strings

Chief string puller Mathias Jensen was simply sensational, dictating play in the Brentford engine room. The Dane ran the show with his crisp passing and ball retention.

Jensen created numerous openings by sliding clever reverse passes in behind for Mbeumo and Wissa. He then supplied the cross for Collins' winner, icing on the cake.

Brentford's playmaker has quietly been their standout performer this season. This masterclass underlined his quality on the ball.

Predicted Lineups

Liverpool: Alisson, K. Tsimikas, I. Konate, V. van Dijk, T. Alexander-Arnold, D. Szoboszlai, R. Gravenberch, Wataru Endo, Diogo Jota, M. Salah, Darwin Nunez

Brentford: Mark Flekken, N. Collins, E. Pinnock, K. Ajer, V. Janelt, M. Jensen, Frank Onyeka, C. Norgaard, Mads Roerslev, Bryan Mbeumo, Yoane Wissa

Key Battles

Alexander-Arnold Delivery vs Toney Threat

Trent Alexander-Arnold's pinpoint crosses will give Brentford's giant striker Ivan Toney plenty to feed off if Liverpool cannot contain his aerial threat.

But Toney will also have to be switched on defensively to stop Alexander-Arnold's raids down the flank and rapid delivery into the box.

Whichever man gets the upper hand in this duel could decide this game.

Salah vs Henry

If he recovers from injury, Brentford's experienced wing-back Rico Henry has the pace and nous to shackle Mohamed Salah's trickery.

But Salah comes alive in big games and will relish the chance to isolate and terrorize Henry one-on-one.

A huge test of Henry's defensive skills awaits in stopping Salah from hitting top form. Easier said than done.

Conclusion

If Liverpool's forwards are clinical, Brentford's leaky defense will crumble. But if Toney dominates aerially and Raya finds top form, Brentford has a puncher's chance of an upset.