When Jürgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool, he spoke of an “organised chaos”, where chances at both ends are regular and inevitable, but his side will still dictate the flow of the game.
During his time in Merseyside, this approach has been subdued, somewhat, with a more defensive inclination taking hold from 2018/19, when Liverpool won their first major trophy under the German.
Today, though, as the Premier League leaders travelled to Brentford, there was a return to total chaos, and a lack of organisation within, which ultimately cost the Anfield side the chance to take an early three-point lead in the title race. I will not count you through all six goals – we’ve already done that here – but the final score-line was representative of the basketball-type encounter we saw.
All that is not to say that the visitors did not deserve to win the game- Mohamed Salah should have finished the contest when through on goal at 3-2, and Diogo Jota might have won a late penalty had VAR been as involved as it was last season.
But Klopp’s side failed to properly organise themselves ever, and the decision to take off Curtis Jones for attacker Roberto Firmino, once the youngster had regained his side the lead, was a naïve one. James Milner is supposedly a key figure in this Liverpool squad for his know-how and experience in situations like this, and yet he remained on the bench.
The chaos ensued, Brentford equalised and Liverpool dropped two vital points.
Your ratings, after a disappointing evening:
Ali 6.5 – Hard to fault him for any of the goals. Those in front of the Brazilian were the problem.
Trent 5.5 – The right-back’s worst performance since Real Madrid away. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and suggest his illness was lingering, but he routinely failed to close down his man.
Joel 5 – Physically dominated at times, and dragged out of position with alarming regularity.
Big Virg 6 – Arguably the Dutchman’s least commanding showing in a Liverpool shirt, even if he made two vital interventions at 3-3.
Robbo 5.5 – One incredible marauding first half run, but the Scot generally lacked composure.
Hendo 6 – Good cross for the Jota goal, but a key aspect to the lack of midfield structure.
Fabs 7 – Might have done better to clear the Brentford opener. Assist for the Salah goal was incredible, though.
CJ 7 – Started brilliantly, looked all over the shop when out of possession towards the end of the first half, then smashed home the Liverpool third. A mixed bag.
Mo 7 – Superb composure in the finish for the Liverpool second. Terrible miss should have killed off the game, however.
DioGOAL 7.5 – Movement caused problems throughout, as showcased by the big chances he earned. Very intelligent to find space for his header.
Sadio 7 – Hold up, interplay and workrate all excellent. End product, once again, disappointing.
Bobby 6.5 – Not sure why he was brought on once we had regained the lead.
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