Liverpool v Brentford analysis: Van Dijk's class, Núñez the tone-setter and all eyes on the Etihad
My key takeaways from the Reds' 3-0 win at Anfield...
Mohamed Salah is banging them in, Liverpool are chasing Manchester City at the top of the Premier League and sides are being routinely swatted aside at Anfield.
What is this, 2019?!
There was something particularly satisfying about the Reds’ 3-0 win over Brentford on Sunday. Not only did it put to bed the disappointment of the previous two games, a sloppy draw at Luton Town and an even sloppier defeat in Toulouse, and not only did it come at a time when Jürgen Klopp is without eight first-team players due to injury and suspension.
No, it also served to reinforce the message that Liverpool are back, that they are a team to be taken seriously once more. The wobbles of last season haven’t been totally forgotten, but they’re far more distant now than they were back in August. This is a different Liverpool, a better Liverpool.
A proper Liverpool.
After 12 games, they are only a point behind league leaders City, and guess what their next fixture is after the international break? Jürgen might not be too keen on the 12.30pm kick-off, but the rest of the world will be licking their lips at the prospect of Liverpool’s trip to the Etihad on November 25.
Read on for my match analysis from Sunday. You can read my match ratings here.