The Reds shipped three poor targets on the Group Stadium as Brentford ran out deserved winners.
In a determined first half, Ibrahima Konate scored an personal aim at a nook and, having escaped conceding two additional targets at set-pieces due to offside choices on video evaluation, Liverpool fell two behind when a mistake from Harvey Elliott allowed Mathias Jensen to arrange Yoane Wissa.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made a triple substitution at half-time and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lowered the deficit however one other error late on, this time from Konate, let Bryan Mbeumo in to seal the win.
The Reds, who would have gone inside some extent of fourth with a win, have now dropped 23 factors this season – yet one more than in the whole marketing campaign final season.
“With the followers sitting at dwelling or on the bus again as much as Liverpool, it isn’t adequate for them,” defender Robertson mentioned.
“We have spoken about consistency and issues like that however we’re not getting it.
“It looks like we’re one step ahead and one step again in the intervening time which makes it arduous to climb the league desk sadly.”
Brentford, in the meantime, are unbeaten in six video games – their finest run within the high flight for greater than 80 years – and climb to seventh.
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‘One other’ dangerous Liverpool efficiency
Liverpool’s defending was harking back to final week’s exhibiting towards Leicester when Klopp’s aspect ran out 2-1 winners, however have been reduce open on quite a few events.
Konate was unlucky with the primary aim which flicked his calf, however that nook got here from Mbeumo operating clear via on the counter-attack and goalkeeper Alisson having to bail out the defence.
The disorganised guests have been all at sea on the two subsequent corners, thankfully surviving on each events as Wissa turned the ball dwelling however his effort was dominated out because it struck an offside Ben Mee on the way in which in.
With the hosts fired up, the Reds made one mistake too many seconds later when Elliott misplaced the ball making an attempt a dummy in his personal half from the restart.
They improved after the break, Virgil van Dijk a type of changed with a hamstring harm, however within the 84th minute Konate ought to have been stronger when he was dismissed the ball by Mbeumo.
Talking on Sky Sports activities, former Reds defender Jamie Carragher mentioned Liverpool wanted to spend “£200m” to compete on the high of the league once more whereas Robertson, a type of to come back on at half-time, criticised the whole workforce efficiency.
“First half we have been second to each ball, no actual runs in behind,” he mentioned.
“Now we have to be first to the ball within the field, we have now to be extra aggressive in our personal field, we have now to stop the corners within the first place and we did not try this.
“We may have conceded three targets within the first half.”
He added: “That efficiency [against Leicester] ought to have been a kick up the bottom the place we are saying, ‘proper, we have gained however now we have to put in a greater efficiency’.
“Three days later we put in one other dangerous efficiency. It is about consistency, we have now to do it.”
No Toney, no downside for battling Brentford
This was one other particular night time below the lights for Brentford with victory towards Liverpool added to vibrant dwelling wins over Manchester United and Arsenal since their return to the Premier League.
It was additionally their first victory over Liverpool since 1938.
The win was much more spectacular given the actual fact they have been with out high scorer Ivan Toney, who was not within the squad after being injured of their 2-0 victory at West Ham on 30 December.
It’s only their second Premier League win with out the striker since their promotion – and it took a workforce effort to assist them triumph.
Within the opening moments, centre-back Mee crucially cleared a Darwin Nunez effort off the road after the Uruguayan had rounded goalkeeper David Raya.
They rattled Liverpool for the remainder of the opening interval as they swarmed ahead in assault and held agency when the tide gave the impression to be turning within the second half.
Klopp eliminated half of his defence – Van Dijk and Kostas Tsimikas – and despatched on Naby Keita so as to add thrust in midfield.
However after Oxlade-Chamberlain transformed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s inswinging cross for his first aim in a yr, Thomas Frank’s males battled arduous to disclaim Liverpool any additional clear probabilities.
On the finish, the Bees gamers and supporters wildly celebrated a win that has left them questioning how far this membership can proceed to rise.
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