The key quotes from Thomas Frank's post-Liverpool press conference
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Thomas Frank manager of Brentford during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Brentford at Anfield on January 16, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Brentford manager Thomas Frank addressed the media following his side's 3-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

It was a disappointing afternoon for the Londoners who would have felt that they were still in the game - despite trailing 1-0 - until Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain doubled the hosts' lead with just over 20 minutes to play. Substitute Takumi Minamin fired late on to complete the drubbing.

Missed chances on their first league trip to Anfield since 1946 ultimately cost the Bees and the defeat sees them remain in 14th place.

Thoughts on the game...

"I thought we played 60, very good, minutes and maybe even better in the first 45.

"Unbelievable, well-structured and good discipline, defended low very well and gave nothing away in open play. We created a few half-chances, then we conceded on set-pieces and that should never happen, if you want to get a result against a world-class team then you can never concede on a set-piece."

Brentford gave a good account of themselves at Anfield as they went toe-to-toe with the Reds during the early stages of the contest. Just like Arsenal in midweek, the away side opted for a back-five which asked questions of Liverpool and their patience as they pondered a way to break the deadlock.

Amid all the chaos, Brentford had the chances of their own at Anfield - albeit half chances - as Ivan Toney and Vitaly Janelt fired wide from range before Fabinho edged Liverpool ahead just before the interval.

Recent impressive performances against the league's top sides...

"Very impressed. I think it gave us a lot of confidence for the future. We would like to do it for even more minutes, instead of 60 we want to do 90. There's a lot of positives to take definitely."

Brentford welcome Manchester United to west London in midweek in their rearranged Premier League fixture and despite Ralf Rangnick's side boasting the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes, the Bees' will more than fancy their chances.

That's of course after a string of impressive performances against the league's so-called 'big six', with Manchester City and Chelsea both winning by a single goal and Liverpool being held to a draw in west London.

But after a disappointing second-half showing, Frank knows his side must perform at the highest level for not just patches but full games.

Thoughts on Pontus Jansson's new deal... 

"Very important, he's our club captain. That's vital for us. 

 

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