Liverpool 1 – 0 Brentford – PL Player Ratings
Alisson Becker – 7.0
Had a first half scare with the disallowed goal and a few aerial balls that needed catching, but was comfortable for much of the opening exchanges. Once again, the second half needed him to be assured with his handling, as Brentford refused to back off.
Trent Alexander Arnold – 7.0
The defensive and playmaking interchange needed more attention in this game, which nearly had him caught out a couple of times in the first half. Had a few good moments in that second half, which were sometimes marred by his off-ball positioning. His want to help end the contest was clear, with a great strike late on well saved.
Andy Robertson – 6.0
His return hopefully pushed him into better defensive form, with a keen energy level shown from the opening bell. Had to be switched on through the second period, with the away side looking to exploit the reds high line.
Subbed – 80 mins
Ibrahima Konaté – 7.0
His role was tested as Brentford looked to attack in behind in right hand side. Looked to meet aggression with aggression, as his dual with Ivan Toney was compelling. Had a solid and powerful game.
Virgil van Djik – 7.0
Had to scamper on a few occasions, as the visitors gave everything to give Thomas Frank an unprecedented double season win of Klopp. He was alert if harried, strong if rattled, as the reds struggled to get the second goal.
Curtis Jones – 6.0
Impressed in patches in the first half, as the frenetic nature of the game swayed between the two sides. Showed good awareness and energy as the quick paced first half flew by.
Subbed – 80 mins
Fabinho – 6.0
Was aggressive and decisive, with a first half yellow card for his troubles. Had a hold back a little after that, though the breaks seemed to widen from the visitors after the break.
Cody Gakpo – 6.0
Came back into the side, as the attacking right sided midfielder. This experiment was clearly in line with attempting to get himself and Darwin on the pitch, which perhaps limited his involvement in the first half. Had impressive moments of power and skill, whilst allowing more balance when returning to the centre forward role.
Darwin Núñez – 5.0
Started once more, yet is struggling to immerse himself into a team that requires patience, intricacy in movement, and an ability to bring others into the game. Once more showed that he may find it hard to become the main man in this new look system.
Subbed – 64 mins
Diogo Jota – 6.0
Was a live wire and threatened to make something happen in the first half, with his aggressive attacking attitude. Kept running and making himself available, with a role that seemed to keep changing and thus not allowing him consistency.
Subbed – 72 mins
Mohamed Salah – 8.0
The right place at the right time to record the opening goal. He continues to be surrounded by opposition defences, yet found his way across goal to get the ball over the line. Was a constant threat and the man that ensured the win.
Luis Díaz – 6.0 (on 64)
Came on to try and close out the game.
Jordan Henderson – 6.0 (on 72)
Came in to allow Cody back into the central striker’s position and add balance.
Kostas Tsimikas – 6.0 (on 80)
Showed he could be a good option in the system against Fulham.
James Milner – 5.0 (on 80)
Jürgen Klopp – 7.0
A couple of tweaks from the Fulham game, most notable being to draft Gakpo into the right sided attacking midfield position, with Darwin retained in the central striking role. Andy Robertson was always coming back into the side, whilst Luis Díaz – stepped out for the free scoring Diogo Jota.
Brentford posed a huge threat on the break, which tested the new system to its limits. Certain adversaries will just be a thorn in the side, so to go into the break with a lead would have been ideal for the big German.
The only goal of the game was enough to ensure the points, with the reds looking a little
More solid and a little harder to beat.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 6, 2023
Liverpool 3 – 1 Brentford