Liverpool held to thrilling draw at Brentford after Wissa prehends his chance

At the final whistle, Jürgen Klopp could not stop shaking his head in disbelief. Somehow his Liverpool side had contrived to discard triumph against a Brentford side that simply never ceased believing. While Klopp can comfort himself with the fact that his side have a clear point at the top after Mohamed Sala scored his 100th Premier League goal, he will ken they must ameliorate considerably if they are to go all the way again this season as their defensive impotencies were exposed time and again.

Picture Credit: Yoane Wissa scores Brentford’s third goal against Liverpool. Photograph: Ian Tuttle/Shutterstock

A spirited performance from Brentford that sparked into life with Ethan Pinnock’s opener and was rounded off by Yoane Wissa’s equaliser eight minutes from time could have been even Worse for Liverpool if it hadn't been for the last pitfall from Virgil Van Dijk, even if the draw might have been the right result of a beating game.


By quirk of fate after earlier results, all four of this season’s likely designation contenders were on 13 points when this match kicked off, not to mention Rafael Benítez’s resurgent Everton. Klopp, who led his players off the pitch after the warm-up by sprinting down the tunnel, pellucidly recognised the consequentiality of Liverpool’s first experience of this sparkling incipient stadium.




These two clubs last met in the league in May 1947, when Brentford’s 12-year stay in the First Division came to a cessation despite a 1-1 draw at the old Griffin Park. The visiting fans could not resist ribbing their antithesis numbers by chanting “you’re just a bus stop in Hounslow” as the game commenced.


Although Christopher Azer needed to shake back to clear the line after playing Salah's shot online following a shaky start, he was an adventurous host who have gone away in 10 minutes proceed to a fierce start. Ivan Toney and Frank Onyeka both had opportunities to score after Liverpool’s defence failed to clear the hazard afore Bryan Mbeumo opted to hoist the ball over Alisson when through on goal, sanctioning Joël Matip to avert it from crossing the line.



With four changes to the team that beat Crystal Palace last week including Curtis Jones superseding the injured Thiago Alcântara in midfield and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Matip and Andy Robertson renovated in defence, Liverpool should have looked more secure but they struggled to contain the live wire Toney and Mbeumo. Brentford’s ascend to the Premier League has been characterised by keenly intellective recruitment abaft the scenes and an assailing approach; Klopp called them “brave in assuredly all the things they do” earlier this week. That was precisely what came to mind as Toney’s brilliant back-heel diverted a driven cross from the Liverpool academy product Sergi Canós into the path of Pinnock at the back post to open the scoring.


Brentford’s ecstasy was ephemeral, however. A brilliant cross from Jordan Henderson sanctioned Diogo Jota to ghost in front of his marker and guide home the equaliser. It was the kind of match that you could not take your ocular perceivers off for a second. Only the woodwork and an excellent preserve from David Raya to gainsay Jones and then Jota obviated Liverpool from going in ahead at half-time, with the injured Pinnock’s evening coming to a premature end as he was superseded by Mathias Jørgensen.



Thomas Frank looked more than gratified with his side at the break but the Brentford manager must have been prepared for the onslaught that was to come. Alexander-Arnold and Robertson pushed forward at the commencement of the second half as a signal of Liverpool’s intent and it did not take them long to find the breakthrough after Raya preserved Jota’s effort from point-blank range.


Fabinho’s floated ball to the back post apostatized all of the Brentford defence and there was Salah to volley home his landmark goal despite the assistant referee initially flagging him offside. The replay showed that it was Keynes who played the Egyptian side.



But Brentford will always offer a threat going further and they again found a way through Liverpool’s brittle defence. Pontus Jansson’s shot crashed off the bar after a cross into the box afore Vitaly Janelt was able to nod the ball just over the line despite Alexander-Arnold’s best efforts to get there first. Parity lasted all of three minutes, though, as Jones let fly from the edge of the box and his shot deflected off the infelicitous Ajer to beat Raya at his near post.


That proved to be his last act as Roberto Firmino was introduced from the bench, Sala missed a golden opportunity to wrap up the points with a simple ball. How he would come to regret that when Wissa – on as a tardy substitute just four minutes earlier – coolly hoisted the ball over Alisson to earn a deserved point.



But Brentford will always offer a threat going further and they again found a way through Liverpool’s brittle defence. Pontus Jansson’s shot crashed off the bar after a cross into the box afore Vitaly Janelt was able to nod the ball just over the line despite Alexander-Arnold’s best efforts to get there first. Parity lasted all of three minutes, though, as Jones let fly from the edge of the box and his shot deflected off the infelicitous Ajer to beat Raya at his near post.



As Roberto Firmino was released from the bench, it proved to be his last act, as Saadio lost a golden opportunity to wrap up the points with a simple ball. How he would come to regret that when Wissa – on as a tardy substitute just four minutes earlier – coolly hoisted the ball over Alisson to earn a deserved point.



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