Two teams will be getting back to Premier League action on Sunday when Liverpool will be hosting Brentford at Anfield.
The Reds were held to a 0-0 draw by a 10-man Arsenal in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Thursday, while Brentford lost their most resent game to Southampton.
That resulst against Arsenal was a sure way to dampen the spirits at Anfield after their FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town, and it is now two victories from their last six in all competitions for Liverpool who are now without Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool are also in the midst of a three-game winless run in the league and are falling further away from the title race, currently sitting third, 11 points behind Manchester City with a game in hand.
There is still a chance of either Manchester City or Chelsea dropping points on Saturday, and a four-game Premier League winning run at Anfield also stands the Reds in a good stead before Sunday’s game.
Meanwhile, Brentford manager Thomas Frank was disappointed on Tuesday evening when the Bess suffered a 4-1 defeat to Southampton at St Mary’s to end their perfect start to 2022.
Jan Bednarek opened the scoring before Vitaly Janelt levelled for Brentford, but an unfortunate own goal from Alvaro Fernandez and second-half goals from Armando Broja and Che Adams sealed the victory for Southampton.
It has now been three defeats in their last four for Brentford in the Premier League, who are still 12 points clear of the relegation zone and are sitting 13th in the table.
Brentford have now gone for six games without a victory away from home in the Premier League, but they held Liverpool to a 3-3 draw at the Brentford Community Stadium earlier this season in the league.
Liverpool vs Brentford head to head
The two Premier League teams have previously met of 11 occassions where Liverpool have won in four while Brentford have won three, and they have drawn in 4. Both teams have scored 19 goals each. In their last five encounters, Liverpool have won two, Brentford one and they have drawn twice.
Brentford 2-1 Liverpool 19/11/38
Liverpool 1-0 Brentford 25/03/39
Liverpool 1-0 Brentford 26/10/46
Brentford 1-1 Liverpool 17/05/47
Brentford 3-3 Liverpool 25/09/21
Liverpool latest home form
Liverpool have been on a good run of form at home for most part of the season. They recently defeated Leicester City through penalties after a 3-3 draw and also drew 0-0 with Arsenal in the EFL Cup. They defeated Newcastle United 3-1 in their last home Premier League game.
Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa 11/12/21
Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United 16/12/21
Liverpool (P)3-3 Leicester City 22/12/21
Liverpool 4-1 Shrewsbury Town 09/01/22
Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal 13/01/22
Liverpool latest away form
Liverpool have recently lost 1-0 to Leicester City on the road. However, they have been on a good form away from home. In their last five away games, they have won two, drawn two and lost one, including a 2-1 victory over AC Milan in the Champions League on December 7.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Liverpool 04/12/21
AC Milan 1-2 Liverpool 07/12/21
Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Liverpool 19/12/21
Leicester City 1-0 Liverpool 28/12/21
Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool 02/01/22
Brentford latest home form
Brentford won their last game at home 2-1 against Aston Villa. However, they have failed to keep up with consistency in their performance at home. They recently lost 2-0 to Chelsea in the EFL Cup off the back of a 2-1 victory in the league. They have won three of their last five.
Brentford 1-0 Everton 28/11/21
Brentford 2-1 Watford 10/12/21
Brentford 0-2 Chelsea 22/12/21
Brentford 0-1 Manchester City 29/12/21
Brentford 2-1 Aston Villa 02/01/22
Brentford latest away form
Brentford have recently not been on a good form on the road, having won just one of their last seven away matches. They recently defeated Port Vale 4-1 in the FA Cup competition. In their last five matches, they have won one, drawn one and lost three in the process.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Brentford 02/12/21
Leeds United 2-2 Brentford 05/12/21
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Brentford 26/12/21
Port Vale 1-4 Brentford 08/01/22
Southampton 4-1 Brentford 11/01/22
Liverpool continue to be without Mane, Salah and Naby Keita who are at the Africa Cup of Nations, with Thiago Alcantara, Nat Philips, Divock Origi and Harvey Elliott not return in time.
Klopp could swap out James Milner for either Curtis Jones or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Neco Williams could push for a place at right-back.
Brentford’s Frank Onyeka is away at the Africa Cup of Nations, with David Raya, Mathias Jorgensen, Josh Dasilva and Charlie Goode also being absent.
Sergi Canos could sit out with a hamstring problem, while Yoane Wissa will hope to be rewarded a start here, with Rico Henry also possibly being available.
Prediction and Odds
The two teams played a 3-3 draw earlier this season, but Brentford have recently had a poor record on the road, which could make them vulnerable here.
Liverpool have been good at home this season, and they could want to take advantage of Brentford’s leaky tendencies away from home to win the game.
Odds: 1 1.65 X 2.35 2 2.60
Liverpool 1-0 Brentford
Liverpool 2-0 Brentford
Liverpool 3-0 Brentford
Liverpool 3-1 Brentford
Liverpool 1-1 Brentford