It looked like Liverpool were going to be in some trouble after going 1-0 down in the 27th minute against Shrewsbury Town, goals from Kaide Gordon, Roberto Firmino and a brace from Fabinho was enough to turn the game around completely, the match finished 4-1 to the Reds.
Liverpool played Arsenal on Thursday night and really should have taken advantage of the fact that Arsenal were down to ten men but the game finished 0-0 and maybe Salah and Mane really are the core backbone to this team.
Brentford’s match against Southampton didn’t go as planned for the Bee’s, after going 1-0 down in the 5th minute it already wasn’t looking hopeful. Brentford did manage to bring a goal back with a great volley from Vitaly Janelt, but it would go unheeded with the Saints getting three more goals without reply to finish the game 4-1. This means that Southampton have jumped above them in the table despite scoring and conceding the same amount of goals.
The big talking point for Liverpool this month is how they will do without the star-men in Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane who are both away at the African Cup of Nations.
Liverpool To Win To Nil
Liverpool have scored 52 goals this season and Salah alone has either scored or assisted in 25 of those goals. Mane has eight goals and one assist whilst Naby Keita has three goal contributions, which brings the total up to 37.
However, this number is bought down a bit because we can’t count goals that any of the three assisted and scored because it would count as two goals rather than just one. This means that 32 goals have either been scored or assisted by Keita, Mane and Salah, which equates to about 61.5% of their goals.
The last time these two teams met it was an end-to-end affair that finished 3-3 at the Brentford Community Stadium. Looking back at that game, Liverpool would have been very disappointed in their defensive display.
All three of the goals they conceded were either defensive errors or just missed clearances that Brentford got on the end of. Provided they have a better defensive performance in this game, it’s hard to see anyone but Liverpool going on to win this game considering that no Premier League team has beaten Liverpool at Anfield this season.
We would normally suggest a goals-based bet for Liverpool, but due to Mane, Salah and Keita all being out for the AFCON we have decided to look somewhere else for our value.
Liverpool have won-to-nil in 56% of their home games this year and in the five games they have played played at home against bottom-half opponents, four out of the five have come in.
LIVERPOOL TO WIN TO NIL