Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gestures from the touchline during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor on December 26, 2023.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
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Klopp ready for tricky trip to ‘cheeky’ Brentford

Jurgen Klopp has discussed Liverpool’s tricky trip to face Brentford this weekend and has warned his side of the Bees’ set-piece threat.

Liverpool face Brentford in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off in west London, as the Reds look to extend their advantage at the top of the Premier League table.

Klopp’s side have failed to win on each of their previous two visits to Brentford since Thomas Frank’s side were promoted to the Premier League, and the German is expecting another difficult test against a team who thrive from set-pieces.

 

“It is super tricky there, the way they play and set it up. With or without [Ivan] Toney it makes [no] difference. All the guys back from AFCON makes a difference. Maupay form makes a difference. They are well organised, set-pieces, cheeky, rhythm breaks and they are good at set-pieces which they want. That’s how it is,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.

“How can you play Brentford for 90 minutes without conceding a set-piece? That’s not possible in football. But they are more than just set-pieces. They are compact They are well coached and the atmosphere the stadium creates is really good.

“But saying all that, where we want to be this season, we have to be on top of our game. We have to be the team where they think in a similar way about us. That’s exactly the way we have to approach it. I am fine with the resilience we have showed recently. Arsenal a dip, yes, but we showed determination against Burnley dealing with a difficult situation within the squad, I really liked it a lot. We have to be at our best to win at Brentford. It’s a smart coached team.”

Brentford have been boosted by the return of Ivan Toney from suspension and the forward has formed an impressive partnership with Neal Maupay in attack. On the challenge of facing two forwards, Klopp said: “It’s not that rare. That’s not the problem. The problem is the balls you play to Toney and how he can, not sure deflecting is the right word, but bring it into the next player, their second-ball game is second to none.

 

“Toney is really difficult using his body these situations. It’s super difficult to get on the ball. If you get on the ball and Toney goes down, then they get a free-kick. That’s the situation. It’s very smart what they do, and it’s exactly what I would do. It’s very smart and it keeps them for years and the next year in the Premier League. That’s probably what Brentford want. The two striker thing is not a problem but there are plenty of others.”

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