Brentford vs Liverpool Player ratings as Salah scores on return as Liverpool beat Brentford to stay top

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Mohamed Salah scored on his Premier League return as Liverpool eased to a 4-1 win at Brentford.

Coming off the bench for the first time since injuring his hamstring on duty with Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations, he scored his side’s third goal after brilliantly assisting Alexis Mac Allister to make it 2-0.

Darwin Nunez opened the scoring with a superb chip to cap off a magnificent first-half counter-attack as Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders ensured they finished the weekend still on top.

Ivan Toney continued his goalscoring form since returning from a gambling ban to briefly give Brentford hope at 3-1.

It was a fleeting moment of optimism that was quickly extinguished when substitute Cody Gakpo stroked home Liverpool’s fourth in the closing minutes.

Liverpool player ratings

GK: Caoimhin Kelleher – 7/10 – Hardly tested on his second successive start in place of the injured Alisson, though did come up with two stunning stops to keep out Reguilon prior to the goal and Toney in added time.

RB: Conor Bradley – 7/10 – Played with a composure and decision-making beyond his years. Will ease Liverpool’s fears over Trent Alexander-Arnold with performances like this.

CB: Ibrahima Konate – 7/10 – Shut down the physical threat of Toney and harshly penalised for dealing with the undersized Maupay in a similar manner.

CB: Virgil van Dijk – 8/10 – Defended with his usual effortlessness on his 250th Liverpool appearance. Came up with two clearances which led to goals.

LB: Andy Robertson – 6/10 – Still clearly lacking sharpness after several months on the treatment table, but stretched play with his runs down the touchline.

CM: Wataru Endo – 7/10 – Disrupted play by any means necessary. Liverpool needed his energy to stay afloat at times.

CM: Alexis Mac Allister – 8/10 – Like Endo was needed for his defensive duties before conjuring up some magic for his side’s second goal.

CM: Curtis Jones – 6/10 – Controlled the midfield battle before succumbing to an ankle injury in the first half.

RW: Diogo Jota – 7/10 – His endeavour set up Nunez’s opener, but like Jones his first half was cut short due to injury after being landed on by Norgaard.

CF: Darwin Nunez – 8/10 – Took his goal in the most Nunez way possible – the most difficult method by far – but was brought off at half-time.

LW: Luis Diaz – 7/10 – Missing that once-electric burst of pace but still found a way to cause Brentford problems, drawing in several defenders at any given time.

SUB: Ryan Gravenberch (34′ for Jones) – 6/10 – Didn’t stand out too much in midfield, and certainly didn’t demand the ball as much as Jones did.

SUB: Mohamed Salah (44′ for Jota) – 8/10 – Needed a couple of sobering moments to get back into the groove and then take the game by the scruff of the neck.

SUB: Cody Gakpo (46′ for Nunez) – 8/10 – Dropped deep to link play and open up Brentford’s backline.

SUB: Joe Gomez (83′ for Bradley) – N/A

SUB: Harvey Elliott (83′ for Mac Allister) – N/A

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