Liverpool vs Brentford preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted line-up and ones to watch
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Brentford look to rebound from a midweek Premier League defeat when they face Liverpool at Anfield.

The Bees were humbled 4-1 by Southampton on Tuesday while the Reds drew 0-0 with Arsenal in the Carabao Cup and have won just once in their last six league outings.

Team news

Liverpool

Divock Origi is back in light training after missing five weeks with a knee injury, but this game has come too soon for him to return.

Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane are away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has no other concerns and will be able to choose from the same squad that he had against Arsenal.

Brentford

Sergi Canos is set to face his former team after dealing with a hamstring injury while Rico Henry will also return down the left flank following a thigh issue.

The Bees will be without a number of other key personnel as they deal with COVID and injury issues.

Predicted line-ups

Liverpool: Alisson; Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Henderson; Jones, Firmino, Jota

Brentford: Fernández; Sørensen, Jansson, Pinnock; Canós, Jensen, Nørgaard, Baptiste, Roerslev; Mbeumo, Toney

Ones to watch

Diogo Jota (Liverpool)

With Salah and Mane away from the squad, the Portugese is the main attacking threat for the Reds, having scored 10 goals this season. He is especially finding his form at Anfield, having netted four in his last four at home.

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Bryan Mbuemo (Brentford)

With Ivan Toney in his first prolonged goal-scoring drought of the season, the hat-trick Mbuemo scored in the FA Cup win over Port Vale was a welcome sight for Bees fans.

Yoann Wissa may also play a part in this match, providing more cover for Brentford and especially Mbuemo.

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Previous meetings

The first-ever top-flight match between the two sides ended in a 3-3 draw in September.

Ivan Toney flicked Sergi Canos' cross into the path of Ethan Pinnock, who finished past Alisson to put Brentford in front.

Four minutes later, Liverpool were level, Jordan Henderson sending in a looping cross that an unmarked Diego Jota headed in from the edge of the six-yard box.

Salah's 100th career goal staked the Reds to their first lead of the match in the 54th minute only for Vitaly Janelt to equalize after Pontus Jansson hit the crossbar.

Curtis Jones scored from a shot that took a deflection off of Kristoffer Ajer before Yoanne Wissa rescued a point for the hosts in the 82nd minute.

How to watch

There is no live coverage of the match in the UK, but Sky Sports will offer highlights on their digital platforms and YouTube channels following the final whistle. 

Kick-off is set for 2pm UK time.

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