Liverpool face a delicate test as they welcome Brentford to Anfield.
The Reds have had a decent campaign so far, but find themselves far behind in the Premier League title hunt and will need the three points if they are to have any chance of catching up with Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are in good shape, but without players like Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah they face a big challenge against Brentford.
Thomas Frank’s side have exceeded expectations this season and find themselves in 13th place in the standings after 20 games.
After drawing a 3-3 draw in the last clash with the Reds, the Bees will be quietly confident they will get a result.
Liverpool v Brentford: date and time
The Premier League clash will take place on Sunday January 16 at Anfield in Liverpool.
Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. UK time.
The teams played a thrilling 3-3 draw in September.
Liverpool v Brentford: how to follow
The competition at Anfield will not be shown live on UK television.
However, the highlights will be available on the Sky Sports app shortly after full time on Sunday afternoon.
talkSPORT will bring you regular updates on the radio.
Liverpool v Brentford: team news
Jurgen Klopp will face a number of selection dilemmas ahead of the clash with the Bees.
With Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah absent from CAN, Liverpool will also be deprived of Nat Phillips, Thiago Alcantara, Harvey Elliott and Divock Origi.
As for Brentford, Sergi Canos and Rico Henry should be available to play against Liverpool, according to Thomas Frank.
Frank Onyeka is absent on international duty, while Josh Dasilva, David Raya, Charlie Goode and Mathias Jorgensen are also excluded.
Liverpool v Brentford: what was said?
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: “Brentford have a specific way of playing, quite straightforward, their goalkeeper is a playmaker, long balls and we struggled to defend second balls. The goals they have marked [in Sept] were preventable. Stopped shots, asleep, they could score. It shouldn’t be that way. We must be vigilant.
“Thomas Frank is doing a brilliant job there, they have interesting players with the way they want to play. But I hope we can play a lot better than in the first game and we can use Anfield, that would help.
Brentford boss Thomas Frank said: “This is our first time going to Anfield and we all know it is one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world.
“We’re all looking forward to this and we want to go out there and express ourselves and attack, but we want it to be a fun and good experience at two and four.
“It’s not that fun if we go there and get beaten 4-0. It’s only a fantastic experience if you go there and perform well and get a good result so that’s our goal. »
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