Liverpool are now on a run of seven games unbeaten to start the season, having scored three in each of their last four games – the most recent, a 3-0 thrashing of Norwich.
But how could Klopp deploy his side in west London?
A month-and-a-half into the season and it has been a busy treatment room for Liverpool:
- Roberto Firmino and Neco Williams back in full training after injury
- Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner also available following illness
- Thiago and Naby Keita ruled out;
Thiagoset to miss at least three more games
- Klopp likely to make a minimum of 10 changes from the midweek win at Norwich
Liverpool’s XI vs. Brentford
With rotation the order of the month during their busy run of seven games in 21 days, Klopp can be expected to make almost wholesale changes once again.
In fact, only one player is likely to keep his place in the side from the 3-0 victory at Carrow Road in midweek:
- Alisson to replace Caoimhin Kelleher in goal
- Alexander-Arnold to rejoin Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson
- Curtis Jones a possibility alongside incoming Fabinho and Jordan Henderson
- Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota certain to come into attack
If Jones is the sole player retained, Liverpool could line up like this:
However, given the glut of injuries in midfield with
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, and Robertson remain likely back five Fabinhoand Henderson could form two-man midfield; Jones and James Milner in reserve
- Firmino back in to take No. 10 role, with Salah, Mane and Jota alongside him
This may be a riskier setup, but this 4-2-3-1 would allow Liverpool to take to the field like this:
At this stage, it seems likely that Klopp will stick with his trusted 4-3-3 setup, particularly against a side as well-drilled and unpredictable as Brentford.
But there is intrigue in the 4-2-3-1, particularly if Firmino is given license to drop deep and create while Salah, Mane and Jota interchange as the front three.