Jurgen Klopp sends message to Ivan Toney as Liverpool defenders soar – .

Jurgen Klopp sends message to Ivan Toney as Liverpool defenders soar – .

Liverpool have clearly established themselves at the top of the Premier League table but must have regretted poor defense and missed opportunities in a six-goal thriller at Brentford.
Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Curtis Jones all found the target as the Reds were held in check 3-3 on Saturday night.

The result means Jurgen Klopp’s side are now one point ahead at the top and have extended their unbeaten streak in the league to 16 games.

But there was a lot that went unnoticed or under the radar during the 90 minutes at Brentford Community Stadium…

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Klopp presents the Toney Prize

It was the first experience for many Liverpool players to face form Brentford striker Ivan Toney.

It’s fair to say that they will have learned from the experience especially in a first half in which they simply found the attacker too hot to deal with.

Jurgen Klopp, however, has long appreciated a good performance from an opponent when he sees one.

And the Reds boss was spotted after the game having a friendly side-side chat with Toney in which he hugged the former Peterborough man. Cue the transfer rumors.

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The dazed defenders

Remember, it wasn’t just Toney who had the backline for Liverpool – who had previously conceded just one Premier League goal this season – in vertigo.

The Reds were given the run for extended stretches during a first half in which the Bees, supported by a noisy home crowd, buzzed with relentless intent.

And it wasn’t long before the visiting defenders argued as they tried to figure out how best to stop the tide.

You also suspect that there were a few words shared on the way home.

Faces say it all

Despite concerns about Liverpool’s defense and some of their questionable finishes, games are sometimes here to be enjoyed.

Indeed, since the pre-Christmas trip to Arsenal in 2017, the Reds have not been involved in a 3-3 draw.

And it was great to see how Klopp and Brentford boss Thomas Frank were caught in the moment on the sideline, both reacting in a lively manner before sharing a moment of gratitude after Liverpool were on the verge of being on the sidelines to score an additional time winner.

It’s easy to forget that, just like us, managers are also fans of the game.

The interrupted reds

With some coronavirus restrictions remaining in place in football, press conferences continue to take place using virtual means.

Few journalists appreciate it. Particularly because technical gremlins quite often lead to accidentally leaving people muted, managers cut off at their peak and hackers unable to follow what is happening.

But there was a new shot in Brentford when, with Klopp halfway to a response, the booming voice of famed LFC TV commentator Steve Hunter burst from the speakers – reporting a completely different game. .

Anyone familiar with Mr. Hunter’s work knows that volume is rarely an issue. To be heard from so far away, however, was quite an achievement.


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