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EPL Table and Analysis As Liverpool Overtakes Chelsea in Title Race After 3-0 win

On Sunday afternoon, Liverpool welcomed Brentford to Anfield for their return to Premier League play. The Reds were 14 points behind league leaders Manchester City in third place before the meeting, with two games in hand.

Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, and James Milner all picked up injuries in Liverpool's 0-0 Carabao Cup tie with Arsenal on Thursday, but they were all present for today's encounter as Klopp played a team without "AFCON-ees" Salah, Mane, and Keita. Alisson, Trent AA, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Jota, Firmino will start against Brentford.

Liverpool was trying to take all three points away from Chelsea, who had lost points following a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday. If the Reds win this challenging encounter, they will be 11 points behind the top of the table.

Meanwhile, it was Brentford's first league visit here since 1946. After the drab stalemate with Arsenal, Liverpool is in desperate need of a pick-me-up. Klopp's side has only earned two points from the past nine games, and their last encounter with the bees earlier this season ended in a tense 3-3 draw at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Liverpool began brightly, failed to make an impact, and then went off the rails. It was a terrible performance for a team attempting to reduce the gap in Manchester City. However, close to halftime, Alexander Arnold's cross found Fabinho inside the area, and Fabinho's header right before the break lifted the atmosphere inside Anfield.

Klopp's team looked more promising in the second half than they did in the first. The hosts took a 2-0 lead thanks to Oxlade-diving Chamberlain's header.

Brentford were pushed to the back, and they made too many blunders, being caught playing out from the back. Firmino was on there to take advantage of such an opportunity, as he takes it from Norgaard and unselfishly squares to set up Minamino for a tap in Liverpool's third.

EPL Table As Liverpool Overtakes Chelsea in Title Race After 3-0 win

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