Lessons Learned: Brentford
There’ll be typical non-headlines about the booing at Anfield but all that mattered was a sixth win on the trot to keep the pressure on. Champions League qualification looks a forlorn hope, but Liverpool are finishing the season strongly and that’s important for a number of reasons. There were the familiar faces doing the business for the Reds or not as the case maybe and this had all the echoes of the other night against Fulham. On coronation day, there’s only person we want to talk about as we look at the lessons learned from the from a third win in six days against Brentford.
The Real King
The fans made their feelings clear just before kick-off and it stood to acknowledge the Egyptian King after he proved the winner once again. It wasn’t one of Mo Salah’s prettiest finishes but like Fulham, he was again the difference for the Reds. The records just keep tumbling for our number eleven as he scored his 100th goal at Anfield. That’s his 30th of season for the fourth time in the last six campaigns and he’s now level with Steven Gerrard on 186 goals for the club (joint fifth in the all-time list). Oh yeah and he also became the first player in our history to score in nine consecutive games at Anfield. We’re watching an actual living legend.
Trent Shows Both Sides of This Team
Jamie Carragher said if he played in midfield he’d save Liverpool £100 million and it’s understandable. The scouser in the team has been magnificent since his recent switch in position and since early April he’s top of all the major metrics for any Premier League player. For all the pros of which there are many, Brentford targeted the deficiencies in other midfield areas that the switch has exposed and by the final whistle at Anfield there was a sense of relief for all. It didn’t tell us anything we didn’t know, but for all the recent wins reinforcements are still crucial.
Not Happening for Nunez
There’s a suspicion that if Darwin Nunez was offered the end of the season right now it would be beneficial to him. The Uruguayan forward looks devoid of confidence and the last few games has seen Liverpool look disjointed with him in the middle. The 23 year-old had his golden chance after a glorious pass from Trent in the first half but fluffed his lines at the key moment. Forget anything about learning English, as the side has built momentum Darwin has gone the other way and a reset is what he may well need. Either way he’s bottom of the pecking order and there was little of note here.
Please PGMOL, No More!
Maybe it’s a bald person thing, but why Howard Webb and the PGMOL appointed Anthony Taylor to a Liverpool game after the Paul Tierney debacle is anyone’s guess. The greater Manchester official seemed determined to give Brentford every chance possible to get back into the game and draw the ire of Anfield. The ball only seemed to be in play for half the game and it maybe best not to comment on the yellows he gave to Allison and Konate. He fell for the oppositions antics, he made ridiculous decision and no-one wants to see him at Anfield again. Bar the opposition.