PLAYER RATINGS: Curtis Jones was Liverpool’s bright spark as Sadio Mane lacked creativity, while Brentford’s Ivan Toney proved he belongs at the top level with another all-action performance
- Ivan Toney produced the deftest of touches to set up the first goal of the night
- Curtis Jones never struck the ball sweeter than his long range 67th-minute shot
- REPORT: Liverpool and Brentford share the spoils after SIX-goal thriller
Brentford took a point off league leaders Liverpool as the two sides played out a sensational six-goal thriller on Saturday evening.
The Premier League newcomers beat Arsenal on the opening day and continued their fine start to the season by halting Jurgen Klopp’s star-studded side.
Here, Sportsmail runs the rule over both sets of teams after the enthralling encounter.
David Raja – 7
The usually confident shot-stopper recovered from a nervy start to control his area well and started a few telling attacks in his sweeper-keeper role. World class save from Jota.
Kristoffer Ajer – 6
A brave, quick-thinking defender who recovered from an early blow to the head to produce an all-time goal-line clearance to deny Salah a goal.
Pontus Jansson – 6
A reassuring presence at the heart of Brentford’s defence, never afraid to put his body on the line for his side’s cause.
David Raja made some strong saves to deny Liverpool further goals on Saturday evening
Ethan Pinnock – 6
The tall defender timed a far post run to perfection to slide in his first Premier League goal. Looked to be struggling with a knock when he allowed Henderson to cross in for Jota’s goal.
Rico Henry – 6
The diminutive left-back came into his own when he beat Salah for pace to prevent a fast break attack and then skilfully turn straight back to put Brentford back on to the front foot.
Sergi Canos – 7
The ex-Liverpool man showed so much energy to prevent Andrew Robertson getting into attacking positions down the Brentford right. Key man in setting up opening goal of the night.
Sergi Canos (L) showed energy to prevent Andy Robertson (R) getting into attacking positions
Frank Onyeka – 6
Had a tough time containing Liverpool’s midfield and took a booking for the team to stop a Robertson run that nearly led to Liverpool taking a half-time lead.
Christian Norgaard – 6
Did the hard yards and hard tackling to give the more creative players around him to thrive.
Vitaly Janelt – 6
An unsung hero in a team of so many unsung heroes. Tireless midfield running and occasionally slotted in at the back to help out. Rewarded with a goal and a chance to impress watching Germany boss Hansi Flick.
Bryan Mbeumo – 6
Great pace, positional sense and awareness of strike partner Toney, but could have done better when his clipped shot over Alisson lacked enough power to get over the line.
Ivan Toney – 7
Again proving he belongs at this level with another all-action performance. Produced the deftest of touches to set up Pinnock with the first goal of the night.
Ivan Toney (L) again proved he belongs at this level with another all-action performance
Matthias Jorgensen (replaced Pinnock 41) 6
Wissa (replaced Norgaard 78) 6
Baptiste (replaced Onyeka 68) 6
Subs not used: Fernandez, Jensen, Forss, Wissa, Ghoddos, Baptiste, Bidstrup, Roerslev.
Alisson – 6
Perhaps busier than he expected to be and was always alert to the speedy threat of Toney and Mbeumo breaking through the defensive line in front of him. Will struggle to believe he conceded three times.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6
Not the greatest match by his very high standards, but hardly put a foot wrong and always a threat from dead-ball situations.
Joel Matip – 6
His place will come under threat from Joe Gomez now. But gave an all-round solid display and one great goal-line clearance.
Virgil van Dijk – 7
So easy on the eye on the ball and an education to watch how he organised the players around him off the ball. Match-saving tackle late into stoppage time.
Liverpool centre back Virgil van Dijk (R) put in a strong display at the heart of the Reds defence
Andrew Robertson – 7
Such a sharp and intelligent player, the Scot also showed his brave side when he dived in front of Frank Onyeka to prevent his side from going behind. Try to catch a replay of his attacking run just before half-time.
Jordan Henderson – 7
Just what you want from a captain. Grabbed the ball when Brentford scored and dragged his side back into the game – supplying the inch-perfect cross for Jota to head home.
Fabinho – 7
Disappointed to be caught out for Brentford’s goal, but an otherwise solid display shielding his defence. Sent in a world class pass to create Salah’s telling second half strike.
Curtis Jones – 8
Always looking to get on the ball and play the killer pass. Hit some exquisite passes but never struck the ball sweeter than his long range 67th minute shot. His last kick of the match too. Class.
Curtis Jones was always looking to get on the ball and he scored a sensational goal
Mohamed Salah – 7
A nightmare to mark when he is in this sort of mood. A multitude of well-timed runs justifiably rewarded when he slotted in his 100th Premier League goal.
Diogo Jota – 7
Was already looking like one of Liverpool’s best players before his brilliant header secured an equaliser. Not so hot trying to turn in a close range rebound a bit later.
Sadio Mane – 6
Had had better nights so did his best to make up for his lack of creative input with plenty of running and tackling.
Sadio Mane has had better nights but did his best to make up for his lack of creative input
Firmino (replaced Jones 67)
Subs not used: Kelleher, Konate, Milner, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Tsimikas, Origi
Referee: Stuart Attwell – 7
Seemed to get most of the key decisions right and allowed the players to be the stars of the night.
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