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The Diogo Jota problem & 3 key talking points as Liverpool held by brilliant Brentford

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The Diogo Jota problem & 3 key talking points as Liverpool held by brilliant Brentford

 

Wissa clinches a point

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool made the trip to the Brentford Community Stadium this evening, for the club’s latest Premier League outing.

The Reds headed into proceedings no doubt brimming with confidence, after continuing their fine spell of form to open the campaign courtesy of a comfortable downing of Norwich City in midweek.

Not only that, but Klopp and co. were aware that a 3-point haul on Saturday would guide them clear at the summit of the English top-flight, after both Chelsea and Manchester United slipped to defeat earlier in the day.

The Diogo Jota problem & 3 key talking points as Liverpool held by brilliant Brentford

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes (centre) reacts after missing a late penalty kick during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture date: Saturday September 25, 2021. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

When all was said and done in the capital this evening, however, Liverpool failed to take advantage of their title rivals’ timely slip-ups.

A chaotic 90 minutes ultimately saw the visitors forced to settle for a share of the spoils, in a 3-3 draw.

Strikes from Brentford pair Ethan Pinnock and Vitaly Janelt looked set to prove little more than consolation, as Liverpool’s attacking prowess guided the Merseysiders into a 3-2 lead late on.

After Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah found the net either side of the interval, Curtis Jones looked set to prove the hero, rifling home a stunning near-post drive from 20+ yards:

Thomas Frank’s Brentford, though, simply refuse to know when they are beaten.

In turn, it should not have come as too much of a shock when, inside the closing ten minutes of action, the Bees snatched an all-important equaliser, to put an early dent in Liverpool’s title challenge.

Substitute Yoane Wissa made the difference, dinking home from close range after a mixup in the visitors’ area, rounding out the scoring in the process.

Below, check out three key talking points from this evening’s clash…

Jota needs to step up

As outlined above, Portuguese international Diogo Jota was one of Liverpool’s three goalscorers at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday.

The ex-Wolves man rose highest in the Bees’ box to direct home Jordan Henderson’s delivery courtesy of a fine header, restoring parity on the half-hour mark of proceedings:

However, in reality, Jota should have departed London having added his name to the scoresheet at least once more.

The gifted attacker was guilty of several glaring misses, with one in particular, which saw David Raya produce a stunning reaction save, frankly inexcusable.

There is no question that Jota has added a new element of vigour and movement to Liverpool’s frontline since his arrival in the summer of 2020.

But the fact remains that, if Jurgen Klopp is to depend on the 24-year-old as his attacking spearhead over the seasons to come, then he will simply have to be more clinical, or risk costing his side yet more points in very winnable fixtures.

Salah’s milestone

Another of those to have found the net for the visitors this evening, Mohamed Salah made it five in his last five appearances across all competitions with his latest strike versus Brentford.

After being played in over the top by Fabinho, the Egyptian made no mistake, slotting beyond the advancing Raya to put Liverpool 2-1 up.

And Salah, who was too guilty of fluffing his lines from an extremely promising position in the 2nd-half, in the process, etched his name ever further into the history books.

The ex-Chelsea man’s strike marked his 100th in the Premier League for Liverpool.

Not only that, but he managed to hit the century mark in just 151 appearances, fewer than any other player in the long and storied top-flight history of the Reds:

Brentford will be just fine

Turning our attentions towards Brentford, it would be remiss not to lavish praise on the hosts for yet another stellar performance on Saturday.

Up against one of European football’s finest, the Bees showed absolutely no fear across the 90 minutes, to secure what few would argue was not a deserved share of the spoils.

Thomas Frank has his side playing a wonderful brand of football, showcasing the kind of intent and incisiveness so often missing from newly-promoted sides.

The capital outfit simply refuse to know when they are beaten, and, in possession of the talents of Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo in the attacking third, look capable of carving out goalscoring opportunities against any side.

They have now proven to any remaining doubters that an opening day 2-0 downing of Arsenal proved far from a fluke, with the Londoners, if the early-season action is anything to go by, in the Premier League to stay.

 

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