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20 min: Alexander-Arnold, tight on the right touchline, half-volleys a crossfield pass towards Robertson on the left. Roberson romps into space. Jones curls a weak shot straight at Raya. Brentford counter, Mbeumo speculating from a position out left. Alisson gathers. Liverpool keep up the basketball rhythm by chasing up the other end, Nunez winning a corner down the right.
Updated at 12.51 EDT
18 min: That was also Salah’s 100th goal at Anfield. “The carpet bombing hype machine of the coronation has been unbearable but the Anfield defiance and the glorious Celtic response to the forced patriotism campaign warms my heart,” writes Evertonian Mary Waltz. “Back to the authentic majesty, Premier League football.”
Updated at 12.48 EDT
16 min: Fabinho slips Nunez into space down the inside-left channel. Nunez enters the box, should get a shot away, doesn’t, sorts his feet out, and digs out an effort that Raya parries. Then the flag goes up for offside, so none of it mattered anyway.
Updated at 12.46 EDT
15 min: That’s nine successive appearances scoring at Anfield for Mohamed Salah, breaking a record held jointly by Luis Suarez (2013-14) and Gordon Hodgson (1927-28).
Updated at 12.45 EDT
GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Brentford (Salah 13)
The corner’s worked back to Jones, who pearls a shot goalwards. Hickey blocks. Brentford clear, but Liverpool come again. Fabinho, on the edge of the D, wedges diagonally towards Van Dijk on the left-hand edge of the six-yard box. Van Dijk heads across the face of goal for Salah, who needs two touches to force home … but force home he does!
Updated at 12.43 EDT
12 min: Gakpo and Nunez combine well down the right to send Salah into acres. Salah curls into the middle. Jota prepares to nut home from six yards, but Zanka reads the danger and heads behind for a corner.
Updated at 12.42 EDT
10 min: Robertson, Jota and Gakpo probe down the left to little effect. Brentford hold their shape. “On my way home from Perth,” writes Simon McMahon, whose Dundee United lost this afternoon to St Johnstone. “Should’ve stayed at home and watched the coronation. That’s how bad it was. Long live the MBM!”
Updated at 12.40 EDT
8 min: … the ball’s pulled back to Salah, who wafts a tame shot straight at Raya. A nice brisk start to this game.
Updated at 12.38 EDT
7 min: Fabinho is clumped by Hickey out on the left. Liverpool line up on the edge of the box. The free kick’s swung in by Robertson. Konate somehow misses his header, six yards out. But Liverpool have the consolation of a corner, from which …
Updated at 12.38 EDT
6 min: Jensen hoicks the resulting free kick harmlessly into the Kop. Meanwhile, in the interests of balance, some folk in Anfield have pledged allegiance to their king. King Kenny, that is, the Fields of Anfield Road and all that.
Updated at 12.36 EDT
5 min: It’s Onyeka versus Van Dijk again, but this time the Liverpool defender slides recklessly through the back of the Brentford midfielder. It’s a needless challenge and he quite correctly goes into the book.
Updated at 12.35 EDT
4 min: Henry makes good ground down the left and is blocked by Konate. A free kick. Everyone lines up on the edge of the Liverpool box. The ball’s swept wide right for Onyeka, whose cross is headed clear by Van Dijk.
Updated at 12.34 EDT
The teams are out! Liverpool in red, Brentford sky blue. We’ll be off soon. But first, a musical interlude. Liverpool have been passive-aggressively cajoled into playing the National Anthem in honour of the coronation of King Charles IIIdespite the powers that be knowing full well that, in terms of pledging allegiance to the crown, the denizens of Anfield register a score of absolute zero on the Guardian’s patented Ibrox-o-meter™. So here it comes, drearily pouring out of the speaker, to be met with predictable results. A cacophony of booing, some loud and repeated chanting of “Liverpool, Liverpool”, then a lot more booing, after which a much more popular ditty, You’ll Never Walk Alone, gets the place back on equilibrium.
Updated at 12.44 EDT
Jurgen Klopp speaks to Sky: “It’s a tough cookie … they are so smart … the whole club is set up for years … it is really great … they are very creative and super-dangerous … they are very well organised … counter-attacking really good … coaching all of a sudden is a real joy again because we all have different things to think about … usually you cannot do that in the middle of a season but we had nothing to lose … since then it’s going well … we are not there, not even close, we have to improve a lot, but the start is good enough to keep going.”
… and so does Thomas Frank: “It is a massive challenge … it is one of the most difficult grounds to go to in the world … we can’t wait … we know we can make it difficult … we have a chance … but we are also very aware that these guys come flying out and it will be very difficult.”
Updated at 12.14 EDT
Liverpool make three changes to their starting XI after the sketchy 1-0 win over Fulham during the week. Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo and Andy Robertson are back, at the expense of Luis Diaz, Jordan Henderson and Kostas Tsimikas, who all drop to the bench.
Brentford make two changes to the XI that started their smash-and-grab 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest last Saturday. Mathias Jorgensen and Frank Onyeka nudge Mikkel Damsgaard and Kevin Schade down to the bench.
Updated at 11.36 EDT
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Jones, Gakpo, Jota, Salah, Nunez.
Subs: Kelleher, Gomez, Milner, Henderson, Elliott, Tsimikas, Diaz, Carvalho, Matip.
Brentford: Raya, Hickey, Zanka, Pinnock, Mee, Henry, Janelt, Onyeka, Jensen, Mbuemo, Toney.
Subs: Cox, Schade, Dasilva, Wissa, Ghoddos, Ajer, Damsgaard, Baptiste, Roerslev.
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Updated at 11.33 EDT
Liverpool and Brentford both fancy playing some European football next season. The Reds still have a wafer-thin chance of making the Champions League, though the Europa League is much more likely; the Bees would happily settle for either Europa or Conference League action and a first-ever continental sortie. Both teams are in good form, Jurgen Klopp’s men winning their last five, Thomas Frank’s side their last two, while both have history on their side in their own way: Liverpool have only lost to Brentford once at Anfield, back in 1937; Brentford beat Liverpool handsomely just four months ago, 3-1 at the Gtech. Nicely balanced, then. Fun ahoy! Kick off is at 5.30pm BST. It’s on!
Updated at 08.52 EDT
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