Liverpool jumped to second in the Premier League after goals from Fabinho Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino earned them a 3-0 win over Brentford at Anfield on Sunday.
The win moved Juergen Klopp’s team above Chelsea in the table and 11 points behind league leaders Manchester City with a game in hand. Manchester City beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday.
Liverpool at long last broke through a minute before the interval when a corner from Trent Alexander-Arnold bounced to the back post and was nodded home by Fabinho.
Brentford stayed in the contest until the 69th moment when Oxlade-Chamberlain stooped at the back post to head in a great cross from left-back Andy Robertson.
Substitute Minamino wrapped up the win, tapping home after Brentford’s attempt to play out from the back was intercepted by Roberto Firmino who set up the Japanese forward for an easy finish.
There was almost a fantasy league debut for 17-year-old substitute Kaide Gordon, who was put through on goal yet was denied by another great save from Fernandez.
“We needed these three points and a good performance so it was nice to do it in front of our fans. It will be good to grow our confidence,” said Fabinho.
“The team played really well with the ball. The front three played really well. We created a lot of opportunities to score. It is a chance for everybody to show their quality and step up. We did that today,” he added.