2022-23 English Premier League
  • Ibrahima Konaté (19' OG)
  • Yoane Wissa (42')
  • Bryan Mbeumo (84')
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (50')

Brentford pull off historic win, beating Liverpool for first time since 1938

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Brentford pulled off a shock win over Liverpool in the Premier League at the Community Stadium on Monday, beating the Reds for the first time since 1938.

Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate knocked the ball into his own net in the 19th minute while Yoane Wissa doubled Brentford's advantage before halftime after his side had two goals disallowed following VAR reviews in a frantic opening 45 minutes.

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Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain pulled one back for Jurgen Klopp's side shortly after the restart, but Bryan Mbeumo scored a third for Brentford, who recorded a historic win that moved them up to seventh in the table on 26 points from 18 games.

The Brentford victory added to a shock 4-0 win at home to Manchester United in August and a 2-1 triumph at champions Manchester City in November.

Liverpool, meanwhile, had a four-game winning streak snapped and ended the day two points ahead of Brentford in sixth place, but 15 adrift of first-place Arsenal in the Premier League.

Brentford were missing their top scorer Ivan Toney through injury, but made their more illustrious opponents suffer with their intense game plan and also capitalised on some slack defending from the visitors.

Liverpool could have taken the lead in the fifth minute when Nunez saw his shot cleared off the line by Ben Mee while Mbeumo was then denied down the other end by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.

Brentford took the lead with the help of some good fortune, Konate connecting with a corner with his knee and sending the ball trickling into his own net.

Wissa thought he had doubled Brentford's advantage when he bundled the ball into the net, but the effort was ruled out as the forward had left the pitch.

There was yet more frustration for Brentford when they had a second goal disallowed after Mee deflected a Wissa shot into the net.

But just 13 seconds later, Wissa made it third time lucky by heading the ball past Alisson and over the line.

Liverpool coach Klopp took drastic action at half-time, taking off Virgil van Dijk, Harvey Elliott and Konstantinos Tsimikas. The team improved in the second half and after Oxlade-Chamberlain had reduced the deficit they hemmed Brentford into their own end in search of an equaliser.

But Brentford hit them on the counter attack, Christian Norgaard launching a long diagonal ball towards Mbeumo, who outmuscled Konate before slotting into the net.

English Premier League Standings

1 Arsenal 28 +40 69
2 Manchester City 27 +42 61
3 Manchester United 26 +6 50
4 Tottenham Hotspur 28 +12 49
5 Newcastle United 26 +20 47
6 Liverpool 26 +18 42
7 Brighton & Hove Albion 25 +15 42
8 Brentford 27 +9 42
9 Fulham 27 +1 39
10 Chelsea 27 +1 38
11 Aston Villa 27 -4 38
12 Crystal Palace 28 -16 27
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 -19 27
14 Leeds United 27 -9 26
15 Everton 28 -18 26
16 Nottingham Forest 27 -27 26
17 Leicester City 27 -9 25
18 West Ham United 26 -10 24
19 AFC Bournemouth 27 -29 24
20 Southampton 28 -23 23