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What Jurgen Klopp did on the sideline reveals truth over dark cloud Liverpool must overcome



Report from Theo Squires after Liverpool beat Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday.

Liverpool should have been jubilantly celebrating a first ever victory at the Gtech Community Stadium when returning to Merseyside on Saturday evening.

Instead, Jurgen Klopp was left also sweating over the fitness of not one but four more of his players, having been forced to use three of his substitutions by half-time in their 4-1 win over Brentford.

Visibly annoyed with a number of Bees challenges, the German was seen in animated discussion with fourth official Graham Scott in the closing moments of the first half after Conor Bradley had been on the receiving end of heavy treatment one time too many.

By this point, the Reds had already lost both Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota to injury – the second looking most serious with the Portuguese stretchered off after Christian Norgaard’s full body-weight landed on his knee.

Moments after Klopp’s intense discussion with Scott and the half-time whistle went, Cody Gakpo emerged to warm up. Fitness coach Andreas Kornmayer soon accompanied him with the Dutchman’s shirt, before Peter Krawitz and Pep Lijnders arrived to provide tactical instructions as it became clear Liverpool were being forced into making a third change.

Darwin Nunez had opened the scoring with a well-taken chipped effort, but it would be the Uruguayan who was replaced at the interval following a positive first-half showing – inevitably enhancing nerves in the away end.

Having seen Alisson Becker suffer a hamstring injury on Friday which ruled him out of the trip to Brentford in the first place, and with Klopp also confirming that both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dominik Szoboszlai were already likely to miss next weekend’s League Cup final clash with Chelsea, further setbacks were the last thing the Reds needed. When it rains, it pours, yet they continue to find a way to soldier on.

Perhaps sent back out with instructions to protect their legs, not just their lead, goals from Alexis Mac Allister, Mohamed Salah, and Cody Gakpo would at least secure an emphatic victory for Klopp’s men. And a morale-boosting statement result too at a previously unhappy hunting ground in terms of the Premier League title-race.

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