The beginning of 2023 was a nightmare for Klopp’s team, and they were solely to blame for the atrocity that unfolded in west London.
The first-half own goal by Ibrahima Konate set the tone for a night marred by Liverpool’s defensive errors.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled one back after Yoane Wissa had increased the advantage for Brentford, before Bryan Mbeumo sealed the first win for The Bees against Liverpool since 1938.
In his first game since taking part in France’s World Cup final loss to Argentina in December, Konate accepted a major portion of the blame for Liverpool’s dismal defensive showing.
For a Liverpool performance that left them in sixth position, four points behind fourth-placed Manchester United who play their game in hand against Bournemouth on Tuesday, the center-back was by no means the only one who deserved censure.
Liverpool manager Klopp acknowledged Brentford’s shrewd set-piece tactics were too much for his players to handle after his team suffered its first league loss in five games.
“Brentford uses set pieces to create havoc. They do, on offensive set-pieces, when I say they bend the rules “said Klopp.
“Without a doubt, it’s shrewd, but they do. Five fouls would be obvious if you could pick out every circumstance, but due to the chaos, nobody notices them in the end.”
It was startling to see Liverpool taken apart so easily, particularly though seventh-placed Brentford is on a six-game unbeaten league run, including an outstanding victory against champions Manchester City shortly before the World Cup.