Brentford’s lessons could be crucial: How Liverpool Can Aim for Perfection

The English Premier League title race is heating up. Liverpool are aiming to win their first league title since 2020. To do so, they’ll need to achieve near perfection in their remaining matches. When Liverpool faces Brentford on February 18th, lessons from previous matches against them could prove crucial.

Recent Draws Have Cost Liverpool

So far this season, Liverpool have drawn 6 Premier League matches. Their title rivals Manchester City have only drawn 4. In such a close race, these extra dropped points could end up being the difference.

The last season tells a similar story. Liverpool lost fewer games than City but drew more on their way to finishing just one point behind. Drawing winnable games has hurt the Reds before. Avoiding that will be key to winning the 2024 title.

Brentford Hasn’t Been An Easy Place for Liverpool

Liverpool’s recent record at Brentford shows how tough playing there can be. In their last away match against Brentford in September 2021, Liverpool blew a lead twice and ended up drawing 3-3.

Overall, Liverpool have failed to win in their last 7 visits to Brentford in all competitions. Their last away victory against them was way back in 1983. Getting 3 points instead of 1 at Brentford has been a struggle.

Don’t Underestimate 14th Place Brentford

This season, Brentford sit 14th in the Premier League table. It would be easy for Liverpool to take them lightly. But the Reds can’t afford to make that mistake.

Despite their position, Brentford have taken 4 points off Liverpool in their last 2 home meetings. In the Premier League, half of Liverpool’s draws have come against teams currently 9th or below. They must treat every opponent as dangerous, no matter their league position.

Expect a Tough Battle from the Bees

BF’s manager Thomas Frank has proved he knows how to set his team up to challenge Liverpool. The Bees likely won’t simply roll over at home against the Reds.

Brentford have been solid at home this season, winning 4 and losing 5. The crowd will be loud and passionate, trying to lift their team to an upset. Liverpool must match the intensity and desire that Brentford will certainly bring.

A Clean Sheet is Crucial

In their last away match at Brentford, Liverpool led twice but conceded 3 goals. Keeping a clean sheet has to be the priority this time around.

Virgil van Dijk and the back line cannot afford any lapses in concentration versus Brentford’s dangerous striker Ivan Toney. Staying focused and organized for 90 minutes plus stoppage time is a must.

Take Advantage Early On

With an early 12:30 pm kickoff in London, starting fast could catch Brentford cold. Liverpool should look to grab an early lead and not allow the home crowd any momentum.

In their September 2021 draw at the Brentford Community Stadium, the Reds didn’t open the scoring until the 31st minute. An earlier breakthrough this time would let them dictate the match on their terms.

No Excuses – Just Maximum Focus

Liverpool are getting key players back from injury ahead of this match. They’ll have a strong squad to select from, with no excuses about missing personnel.

The Reds simply need to enter this game with full focus and motivation. Underestimating Brentford would be a big mistake. Liverpool must bring their A-game and treat it like any other vital 3 points up for grabs.

Turn Draws into Wins

With the title race so tight, Liverpool doesn’t have any margin for error. Turning too many wins into draws could again prove costly.

To achieve perfection and win the Premier League, Liverpool needs to take maximum points everywhere they can. That includes difficult away grounds like Brentford where they’ve struggled before.

Converting draws into wins could make the difference in who lifts the trophy. Liverpool must dig deep and find that ruthless winning edge.

Take Inspiration from Last Season

While they came up just short, Liverpool’s performances last season were outstanding. They made City have to be just as perfect to win the title.

The Reds can take inspiration from that mentality and desire they showed in 2021/22. Matching that level again will give them a great chance at Premier League glory.

Bringing those lessons into each remaining game, including Brentford away, will help Liverpool’s quest for perfection as they aim to win it all.

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