When Liverpool welcomes Brentford to Anfield for a Premier League clash on Sunday, they will want to deliver a significantly improved attacking performance.
On Thursday, the Reds were beaten to a 0-0 draw by 10-man Arsenal in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final, while the Bees’ most recent encounter ended in a thrashing by Southampton.
Liverpool are still without Salah, Mane, and Naby Keita, as well as Nat Phillips, Thiago Alcantara, Harvey Elliott, and Divock Origi, who are all out of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Klopp’s midfield pick in midweek did not go over well with the Anfield supporters, and the visiting manager will almost definitely replace James Milner with Curtis Jones or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
After recuperating from a COVID-19 infection, Trent Alexander-Arnold looked rusty, therefore Neco Williams could push for a starting spot at right-back or further forward this weekend.
Frank Onyeka is still away on Africa Cup of Nations duty for Brentford, while Sergi Canos left the Southampton game early with a suspected hamstring problem but should be fine for this match.
Frank is also dealing with the absences of Josh Dasilva, David Raya, Charlie Goode, and Mathias Jorgensen, although Rico Henry’s availability is a bright spot.
Yoane Wissa will be hoping for a rare start after his heroics against Liverpool, but Frank is unlikely to change the group too much.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Klopp; Williams, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson, Fabinho, Jones; Jota, Firmino, Minamino
Brentford possible starting lineup:
Fernandez; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock; Roerslev, Janelt, Norgaard, Jensen, Henry; Wissa, Toney