Betting preview: Brentford vs Liverpool - Reds to enjoy another road trip

Thomas Frank’s side have made a bright start to life in the Premier League but the visitors should have too much firepower.

Brentford needed a back-door route to get to the Premier League but they're making a better job of it than the two sides that were automatically promoted.

Championship winners Norwich are rock bottom after five straight defeats, while Watford have lost three times so far.

But Thomas Frank's Bees have suffered just a single loss, their haul of eight points the same as West Ham and good enough for ninth place going into the weekend.

So far so good, but now comes by far their biggest test to date.

When: Saturday, September 25, 5.30pm BST

Where: Brentford Community Stadium

Follow this game via our score centre

Best bets

Liverpool to score Over 2.5 goals at 9/5

Liverpool to have Over 7.5 corners at 13/10

Mo Salah to score anytime at 17/20

It's not quite been a perfect start for Liverpool but Jurgen Klopp must be delighted with how well his side have opened the campaign.

Not only have results been excellent, he's been able to rotate his squad and still emerge with convincing victories.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Last weekend against Crystal Palace, the Reds were without flying full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson and also handed a debut to summer signing Ibrahima Konate.

Roberto Firmino was also absent and yet, despite being tested, Liverpool won 3-0.

In the midweek League Cup tie at Norwich they fielded a raft of reserve team players and the result was the same: 3-0.

That means fresh legs for the trip to Brentford and, if Chelsea fail to beat Manchester City in Saturday's early kick-off, Liverpool can go clear at the top of the table.

In all competitions, Liverpool have won six and drawn one of their seven games, rattling in 18 goals in the process and conceding just three.

Two of those were in the Champions League against Milan when Virgil van Dijk was rested. The big Dutchman returns on Saturday.

Brentford started with a rousing 2-0 win over Arsenal and have lost just once in seven games if adding in League Cup ties.

But their opponents since sinking the Gunners: Crystal Palace, Forest Green, Aston Villa, Brighton, Wolves and Oldham.

True, Brighton are fourth but that was the game they lost.

Taking on a rampant Liverpool is something of a free hit as expectations are low but Frank will want to see what his side can do against a genuine big gun.

Last three meetings

Liverpool 4-0 Brentford (FA Cup - March 18, 1989)

The last time these two clashed was in a sixth round FA Cup clash at Anfield when Brentford, managed by Steve Perryman, were in the third tier.

Steve McMahon headed Liverpool in front before some vintage John Barnes magic made it 2-0 to Kenny Dalglish's men in the 65th minute, the England man picking up the ball in the centre circle, jinking past the Bees' defence and firing home.

The hosts pulled away with two goals from Peter Beardsley.

Liverpool 4-0 Brentford (League Cup - October 25, 1983)

Liverpool completed an 8-1 aggregate League Cup second-round romp thanks to a 4-0 victory at Anfield.

A Graeme Souness penalty put the Reds in front before David Hodgson, Dalglish and Michael Robinson netted in the second half.

Liverpool went on to win the tournament that year, beating Everton 1-0 in a replayed final.

Brentford 1-4 Liverpool (League Cup - October 5, 1983)

Liverpool's last away game at Brentford came in a second-round League Cup clash at Griffin Park.

Goals from Ian Rush (2), Graeme Souness and Craig Johnston gave the visitors a comfortable win after the two were sides went into the break at 1-1.

Gary Roberts got the Brentford goal.

Head-to-head record

Liverpool wins: 9

Draws: 3

Brentford wins: 3

Liverpool goals: 32

Brentford goals: 18

Three and easy for Liverpool

Three has certainly been the magic number for Liverpool this season.

The Merseysiders have scored exactly three goals in each of their last four matches, while they've won all three of their away games this season 3-0.

Rewind to last season and the Reds plundered nine goals in their final three away matches of the campaign.

So, there's a stack of evidence there that they can hit the three-goal mark once again.

Back Over 2.5 Liverpool Goals at 9/5.

Goalscorer bets

There's no need to reinvent the wheel when playing this market, especially as the man in question has extra incentive.

At 17/20, Mo Salah is a fraction under even money to find the net and that looks a cracking bet in his current form.

Liverpool's 'Egyptian King' has scored in five of his six appearances for Klopp's team this season and that includes goals in their two away games at Norwich and Leeds.

Again, this is an established pattern as he's netted 13 times in his last 16 away games so Salah loves the Reds' road trips.

As for incentive, if he can score on Saturday, Salah would be the quickest player in Liverpool's history to reach 100 top-flight goals.

Roger Hunt hit the century mark in 152 games; Salah has 99 in 150 for the Reds (he has 101 in all having netted twice for Chelsea).

Back Salah to score anytime at 17/20.

Elsewhere, Sadio Mane has three in six this term and five in seven if adding in the final game of 2020/21.

In short, after a dip, the Senegalese is becoming a regular scorer again so is an anytime option at 5/4.

For Brentford, Ivan Toney is 11/5 to wheel away in celebration.

He's scored two in his last three Premier League games but Liverpool have conceded just once in five top-flight games to this point so the Bees striker is up against it.

Corners bet appeals

There is one other pro-Liverpool bet I like here.

Klopp loves his full-backs to bomb on and encouraging width is leading to plenty of corners.

Liverpool's corner count in their seven matches reads: 11, 8, 12, 11, 15, 10, 8.

Over 7.5 Liverpool corners is 13/10 and that has to be a bet given that it has a 100% strike-rate so far this season.

READ MORE: Filthy rich! Three Premier League stars make Forbes' highest earners list

Latest Soccer Videos