Liverpool goes second with comfortable win over Brentford

The win moved Juergen Klopp's side above Chelsea in the table and 11 points behind leader Manchester City with a game in hand. City beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday.

Liverpool's Takumi Minamino, top, celebrates with Liverpool's Roberto Firmino after scoring his side's third goal against Brentford.   -  AP

Liverpool climbed to second in the Premier League after goals from Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino earned a 3-0 win over Brentford at Anfield on Sunday.

The win moved Juergen Klopp's side above Chelsea in the table and 11 points behind leader Manchester City with a game in hand. City beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday.

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Liverpool, without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane who are playing at the African Cup of Nations, had struggled to open up a determined Brentford defence but 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.

The London side continued to prove resilient opponents, staying in the contest until the 69th minute when Oxlade-Chamberlain stooped at the back post to head in a wonderful cross from 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 a simple finish.

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