Jürgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool could not cope with Brentford’s unique “chaos” as they plunged into a crushing defeat.
Liverpool’s poor defense cost them dearly against Brentford’s clever set-pieces as Thomas Frank’s side achieved another famous 3-1 win.
Ibrahima Konate scored an own goal from one corner and Yoane Wissa had two offside goals from two more corners before giving the hosts a 2-0 lead with a brilliant header before half-time.
It only happened after Darwin Nunez added to his growing catalog of missed opportunities in front of goal, circling David Raya only to see Ben Mee recover and take a clearance from the goal line.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled one back after the break but Bryan Mbeumo left Konate stacked up to score in the third to finish off Liverpool.
It was a case of no Ivan Toney, no problem for Brentford as Liverpool followed the same path as Manchester United and Manchester City this season.
They have already lost 23 points this season – one more than all of last season.
Klopp, who replaced key defender Virgil van Dijk at half-time, said: “Brentford creates chaos with set-pieces. When I say they stretch the rules, they do, in offensive set-pieces.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s smart, but it is what it is. If you could single out all the situations, you would find five fouls, but because it’s so chaotic, no one sees it at the end.
“So that’s what they’re doing, and it’s really good. You know before the game how strong they are from corner kicks. The game was decided by the second goal, which was our fault.
“We ran offside. Everything is fine and then we are awake, they cross the ball and score the second goal that decided the game.
The third goal should not have been allowed, but we should have played better.
Brentford are now undefeated in their last six matches and have moved up to seventh place.
Boss Frank said: “These players don’t surprise me, but they always impress me. In no way should Brentford be able to beat Manchester City, draw Tottenham, beat West Ham away and beat Liverpool at home, but we did.
Asked about the possible push for a European spot, Frank added: “I hope the fans dream big and the players, but on the other hand we are very realistic.
“It’s a perpetual league. Injuries to key players and we were able to fight a bit. For us today, it’s 100 percent my 24-hour rule. We will celebrate, I will drink a glass of wine, but in 24 hours I will focus on the next game.
Frank revealed that Toney was close to sitting on the bench despite having been stretched at West Ham just three days earlier. The 13-goal striker should be fit for Saturday’s FA Cup clash with the Hammers.