Brentford 3-3 Liverpool PLAYER REVIEWS: Curtis Jones and Ivan Toney shine

Brentford took a point over league leaders Liverpool as the two teams played a sensational six-goal thriller on Saturday night.

The newcomers to the Premier League beat Arsenal on opening day and bolstered their good start to the season by calling a halt to Jürgen Klopp’s star-studded side.

Here, Sports post dominates both sets of teams after the captivating encounter.

Brentford

David Raja: The usually confident shot-stopper recovered from a nervous start to get his area under control and started some telling attacks in his ‘sweeper-keeper’ role. World class rescue from Jota. 7

Kristofer Ajer: A brave, quick-thinking defender who recovered from an early blow to the head to produce an all-time goal-line clearing to deny Salah a goal. 6

Pontus Jansson: A reassuring presence at the heart of Brentford’s defence, never afraid to keep his body on the line for his side’s cause. 6

David Raja made some strong saves to deny Liverpool further goals on Saturday night

Ethan Pinnock: The tall defender timed a long post to perfection to slip in his first Premier League goal. It looked like he struggled with a knock when he allowed Henderson to go in front of Jota’s goal. 6

Rico Henry: The little left-back came into his own as he beat Salah for pace to avoid a quick charge, then expertly turned Brentford back on the front foot. 6

Sergi Canos: The ex-Liverpool man showed so much energy to prevent Andrew Robertson from entering attacking positions on the right side of Brentford. Key figure in setting up the opening goal of the evening. 7

Sergi Canos (L) showed energy to prevent Andy Robertson (R) from getting into attacking positions

Sergi Canos (L) showed energy to prevent Andy Robertson (R) from getting into attacking positions

Frank Onyeka: Had a hard time controlling Liverpool’s midfield and booked a booking for the team to stop a Robertson run that almost resulted in Liverpool taking a lead at halftime. 6

Christian Norgaard: Did the hard yards and the hard tackling to help the more creative players around him thrive. 6

Vitaly Janelt: An unsung hero in a team of so many unsung heroes. Running tirelessly in midfield and occasionally popping in at the back to assist. Rewarded with a goal and a chance to impress when watching German boss Hansi Flick. 6

Bryan Mbeumo: Great pace, positional sense and awareness from strike partner Toney, but could have done better when his clipped shot over Alisson didn’t have enough power to cross the line.6

Ivan Toney: Once again he proves he belongs at this level with another action with all the trimmings. Produced the most dexterous touches to set up Pinnock with the first goal of the night. 7.

Ivan Toney (L) proved again that he belongs at this level with another action packed action

Ivan Toney (L) proved again that he belongs at this level with another action packed action

Subscribers:

Matthias Jorgensen (replaced Pinnock 41) 6

Wissa (replaced Norgaard 78) 6

Baptiste (replaced Onyeka 68) 6

Subs not used: Fernandez, Jensen, Forss, Wissa, Ghoddos, Baptiste, Bidstrup, Roerslev

Liverpool

Alisson: Perhaps busier than he expected and always alert to the imminent threat of Toney and Mbeumo breaking through the defense line in front of him. Will have a hard time believing he gave in three times. 6

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Not the best game for his very high standards, but he hardly put a foot wrong and always a threat of dead ball situations. 6

Joel Matip: His place is now threatened by Joe Gomez. But gave an all round solid screen and great goal-line clearance. 6

Virgil van Dijk: So easy on the eye on the ball and an education to see how he organized the players around him from the ball. Match-saving tackle into late stoppage time. 7

Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk (R) put on a strong show at the heart of the Reds defence

Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk (R) put on a strong show at the heart of the Reds defence

Andrew Robertson: Such a sharp and intelligent player, the Scot also showed his brave side when he dove for Frank Onyeka to prevent his side from falling behind. Try to catch a repeat of his offensive run just before halftime. 7

Jordan Henderson: Exactly what you want from a captain. Grabbed the ball when Brentford scored and dragged his side back into play – delivering the inch-perfect cross for Jota to go home. 7

Fabinho: Disappointed to be caught on Brentford’s goal but an otherwise solid display shielding his defence. Sent in a world class pass to create Salah’s telling second half strike. 7.

Curtis Jones: Always looking to get the ball and play the killer pass. Make some beautiful passes, but never hit the ball sweeter than his 67th minute long range shot. His last kick of the match. Class. 8

Curtis Jones was always looking for the ball and scored a sensational goal

Curtis Jones was always looking for the ball and scored a sensational goal

Mohamed Salah: A nightmare to mark when he is in this mood. A multitude of well-timed runs were rightly rewarded as he scored his 100th Premier League goal. 7

Diogo Jota: Already looked like one of Liverpool’s best players before his brilliant header secured the equaliser. Not so hot to put in a rebound at close range a little later. 7

Sadio Mané: Had better nights, so he did his best to make up for his lack of creative input with a lot of running and tackling. 6

Sadio Mané has had better nights, but did his best to make up for his lack of creative input

Sadio Mané has had better nights, but did his best to make up for his lack of creative input

Subscribers:

Firmino (replaced Jones 67)

Subs not used: Kelleher, Konate, Milner, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Tsimikas, Origi

Ref: Stuart Attwell – seemed to get most of the important decisions right and made sure the players were the stars of the night. 7

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