Brentford pulled off their latest Premier League shock when they beat Liverpool 3-1 at home on Monday, ending Jurgen Klopp’s side’s four-game winning streak and shattering all four of their ambitions.
Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konaté sent the ball into his own net in the 19th minute while Yoane Wissa doubled Brentford’s advantage before half-time after his side had two goals disallowed following criticism from VAR in a frenetic opening of 45 minutes.
Darwin Nunez struck for Liverpool early in the second half but his goal was later ruled out for offside.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Liverpool hope when he headed in a sparkling cross from Trent Alexander Arnold shortly after, but Bryan Mbeumo netted the three points for Brentford in the 84th minute.
The victory added to a shock 4-0 home win over Manchester United in August and a 2-1 triumph over champions Manchester City in November, taking Brentford to seventh in the table with 26 points after 18 games .
Liverpool are sixth with 28 points from 17 matches.
Brentford were missing top scorer Ivan Toney through injury, but pained their most illustrious opponents with their intense game plan and also enjoyed some slack in defense from the visitors.
Liverpool could have taken the lead in the fifth minute when Nunez had his shot cleared from the line by Ben Mee while Mbeumo was then denied at the other end by Liverpool keeper Alisson.
Brentford took the lead with the help of some good fortune, Konate connecting with a corner kick with his knee and sending the ball sinking into his own net.
Wissa thought he had doubled Brentford’s advantage when he sent the ball into the net, but the effort was ruled out as the striker had left the field.
There was further frustration for Brentford when they were denied a second goal after Mee deflected a Wissa shot into the net.
But just 13 seconds later, Wissa scored the third time as he slotted the ball past Alisson and over the line.
Liverpool manager Klopp took drastic measures at half-time, removing Virgil van Dijk, Harvey Elliott and Konstantinos Tsimikas. The side improved in the second half and after Oxlade-Chamberlain reduced the deficit they locked Brentford in their own half in search of an equaliser.
But Brentford hit them on the counterattack, Christian Norgaard slinging a long ball diagonally towards Mbeumo, who towered over Konaté before sinking into the net.
Source : WORLD NEWS