Premier League: Liverpool move to second spot after Brentford win


Liverpool, Jan 16 : Liverpool moved up to second place in the Premier League table, beating Brentford 3-0 at Anfield on Sunday. Fabinho opened the scoring just before the interval for the Reds, converting with a close-range header at the back post from a corner. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain doubled the lead on 69 minutes when he diverted an Andy Robertson-cross home with his head. Takumi Minamino came off the bench to claim a third goal after Roberto Firmino had regained possession from a Brentford goal kick. The result moved Liverpool up to second place in the standings, leapfrogging Chelsea with a game in hand on the Londoners. Liverpool made two changes from the draw with Arsenal on Thursday night, with Curtis Jones and Oxlade-Chamberlain replacing James Milner and Takumi Minamino in the line-up. Liverpool kicked off on a cr'sp winter's afternoon at Anfield aiming to end a sequence of three Premier League games without a victory -- and they duly made a purposeful start. Diogo Jota sent a header spinning over the crossbar before Trent Alex'nder-Arnold's surge into the area resulted in a left-foot shot being blocked by Rico Henry inside the opening 11 minutes. Alexander-Arnold went close again soon after, this time arrowing a drive a fraction the wrong side of the upright from the edge of the box. With half-time approaching, a trademark run forward from Matip resulted in a shooting opportunity for the center-back, but he miscued enabling Fernandez to make a routine take before Jota was foiled in the area by a block from Henry. In another match, Leeds United overcame West Ham United 3-2 with Jack Harrison blasting home a hat-trick. /IANS


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