No Toney, And Brentford Still Smash Liverpool 3-1 In The Premier League.

Liverpool blew the chance to close the gap on the top four as Brentford claimed a deserved 3-1 victory at the Gtech Community Stadium on Monday night.

Going into the game, the Bees were missing top scorer Ivan Toney through injury but it did little to undermine their game-plan as Thomas Frank’s side held on to take all three points.

Ibrahima Konate's own goal gave the home side the lead, as the French defender who was playing his first game since losing the World Cup final, was unfortunate to see a right-wing corner divert off his knee and into his own net in the 19th minute.

Yoane Wissa headed beyond Alisson three minutes prior to the break to extend the lead for Brentford.

Coming into the second half, the Reds boss Jurgen Klopp responded by making a trio of half-time changes including the departure of captain Virgil van Dijk who looked slow and clumsy, Konstantinos Tsimikas, and Harvey Elliott, with Joel Matip, Naby Keita and Andrew Robertson coming on respectively which almost produced an immediate response.

Following an heavy pressure from Liverpool, which saw a Darwin Nunez goal disallowed by VAR for a tight offside, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reduced the deficit by nodding in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s lovely cross on 50 minutes to make it 2-1.

It was Oxlade-Chamberlain 100th appearance for the club.

All efforts for Liverpool to find an important equaliser proved futile, as Bryan Mbeumo futher rubbed salt to injury by firing in a winner six minutes from time to seal the three points for Brentford.

The result ended Liverpool's four-game winning streak in the Premier League. They stay sixth and remain four points behind fourth-placed Manchester United having played a game more.

Thomas Frank's Brentford beat Liverpool for the first time since 1938. They move into seventh, are now just two points behind the Merseysiders.

Liverpool are next in action at home against Wolves in the FA Cup on Saturday while Brentford are at home to West Ham.

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