Liverpool player ratings vs Brentford: Mohamed Salah in blistering form as Nunez and Alexander-Arnold impress

Productive partnership: All of Darwin Nunez's Premier League assists to date have come for Mohamed Salah (REUTERS)
Productive partnership: All of Darwin Nunez's Premier League assists to date have come for Mohamed Salah (REUTERS)

Liverpool moved above Arsenal and Tottenham into second place in the Premier League as they beat Brentford 3-0 at Anfield.

Following defeat by Toulouse in the Europa League on Thursday, Liverpool returned to winning ways with a clinical performance.

After Darwin Nunez had two goals disallowed for offside, Mohamed Salah scored a brace to put Jurgen Klopp's side 2-0 up.

Diogo Jota added a third late on to make absolutely sure that the three points went to the hosts.

Dom Smith was at Anfield assessing the Liverpool players’ performances…

Alisson 7

Produced a brilliant save to deny Bryan Mbeumo when he went one-on-one with the Brazilian, and stayed alert whenever he was needed.

Trent Alexander-Arnold 8

Excellent performance from the England international. His long passes and deep crosses were as difficult to defend against as they always are.

Joel Matip 6

Made a few nice forays forward with the ball and was solid.

Virgil van Dijk 7

Dominant in the air and nearly scored in the first half when his header was saved by a sprawling Mark Flekken.

Kostas Tsimikas 7

Picked up two assists, first crossing for Salah’s second and then playing back for Jota to fire in the third.

Dominik Szoboszlai 6

Tried to get forward from midfield as best he could, but this was a game when other attackers came to the fore for the Reds.

Wataru Endo 7

Could have been sent off when VAR took a closer look at his studs-up challenge on Christian Norgaard, but that was the only negative on an otherwise assured outing by the Japanese.

Cody Gakpo 7

Took up some nice positions in pockets of space and put on a decent all-round display.

Mohamed Salah 9

Salah is in blistering form at the moment and almost single-handedly helped Liverpool leapfrog Spurs and Arsenal into second with a brace.

Darwin Nunez 8

Didn’t score, but did find the net twice with offside strikes and assisted Salah’s first. A really good performance from the Uruguayan, who was threatening throughout.

Diogo Jota 7

Came alive late in the second half when he belted the ball past Flekken to make it 3-0.


Harvey Elliott (Gakpo, 83') N/A

Luis Diaz (Jota, 84') N/A

Jarell Quansah (Alexander-Arnold, 90') N/A

James McConnell (Szoboszlai, 90+4') N/A

Not used: Chambers, Scanlon, Doak, Kelleher, Nyoni