Brentford 1-4 Liverpool, Manchester City is 5 points behind the Reds who is at the top of the table

Liverpool won 4-1 against Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday, with Mohamed Salah scoring on his return to play.

Salah was injured while representing Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations, and his return to play at the Gtech Community Stadium came a bit sooner than expected, with the striker replacing Diogo Jota after he looked to suffer knee damage in an unintentional collision.

Liverpool leads Manchester City by five points after playing two more games. It was an outstanding performance against a restricted number of hosts who I anticipated to put up a stronger display. They remain in 14th place, six points clear of the relegation zone.

Brentford started well but fell down to a fantastic goal from Darwin Nunez in the first half, during which Liverpool lost Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota to injury.

Alexis MacAllister extended Liverpool’s advantage after a fantastic threaded ball from Mo Salah, who scored his team’s third goal to put the game beyond Brentford.

Brentford’s Ivan Toney pulled a goal back with 15 minutes remaining, but any dreams of a comeback were dashed by Cody Gakpo’s strike as Liverpool seized on a Samon Ghoddos defensive error.

Jurgen Klopp speaks: “It is mixed emotions, we lost players which we don’t know how serious it is,” he says in an interview with TNT. “It doesn’t look great for either of them. But we cannot chanfge that any more. What the boys did after 15 minutes was exceptional against a team set up to annoy you and have set pieces. Eighteen times a set piece is flying into your box.

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“It has nothing to do with quality or it has nothing to do with luck. You need bodies and luck in a moment and a goalie as well and we had Caoimhin, who played an incredible game. We played a good game from a specific moment on. We controlled them as much as you can and we are happy about that.”


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