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six-goal thriller Jurgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson react after Liverpool's crazy game at Brentford

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Yoane Wissa of Brentford celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Brentford and Liverpool at Brentford Community Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Yoane Wissa of Brentford celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Brentford and Liverpool at Brentford Community Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Yoane Wissa of Brentford celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Brentford and Liverpool at Brentford Community Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admitted his side fluffed their line in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Brentford, as the Premier League new-boys gave Jurgen Klopp’s title hopefuls a real fight.

Mohamed Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal for Liverpool but it was not enough to beat Brentford, who twice pegged the Reds back in a breathless 3-3 draw.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were unable to reap the maximum profit from slip-ups by Manchester United and Chelsea earlier in the day as they shared the points after an early-evening cracker in west London.

Instead they moved just one point clear at the top, while preserving the top flight’s only remaining unbeaten record.

And Klopp will be relieved at that after Ivan Toney had what would have been a late winner ruled out for offside.

The German will also know his side will not face many tougher trips all season, with vibrant Brentford leading through Ethan Pinnock and, following goals from Diogo Jota and Salah, equalising through Vitaly Janelt.

Then, when Curtis Jones smashed Liverpool ahead again, Bees sub Yoane Wissa came up with another equaliser.

“We’re an intense team as well but there’s a lot of room for improvement for us,” said Liverpool talisman Henderson.

“We controlled it a little bit better in the second half but unfortunately we couldn’t hold on for the win.

“It was an intense game, we knew it would be. It’s a difficult place to come. It was a great atmosphere and they made it difficult for us. To go in the lead twice and not see it out is disappointing for us.

“At 2-1 up we had one or two chances to finish the game off. It gives them that little bit of hope. That’s football sometimes, we’re disappointed with the result but we have to give credit to Brentford.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he would not forget his first experience at Brentford, despite his side’s failure to win.

“It was a wild ride,” said the Liverpool boss. “They deserved their three goals for the way they played. We obviously couldn’t deal with the long balls today but we should have scored more goals.

“I don’t think you can control them much better, we created a lot of clear-cut chances but couldn’t deal with them defensively. These things happen. We should have scored more. If we win 3-2 or 4-3 we still have these struggles defensively. Toney and Mbuemo did really well. Brentford deserved a point.

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“I have no problem with accepting when you play this kind of football. You have to create things to deserve to win.

“They deserved a point as well because they put up a proper fight. I respect that a lot. In the end there were situations we should do better - and then it could be a completely different game.

“Their goalie should have number 10 on his shirt with the balls that he played.”

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Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Brentford and Liverpool at Brentford Community Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Brentford and Liverpool at Brentford Community Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Brentford and Liverpool at Brentford Community Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Klopp also paid tribute to Salah after he scored his 100th Premier League goal for the club.

“I’m sure Mo sees it the same way, he would love to have 101 today,” he added, reflected on a miss that would have put Liverpool 4-2 ahead. “There were many good moments football-wise against a tricky set-up but we could not defend when the goalie chips the balls forward.”

Brentford keeper David Raya pulled off some sensational saves to keep his side in the mix and he was breathless after the drama in west London.

“It was a crazy game,” he reflected. “We went toe-to-toe. They had their spells but we played really well and were solid and it was a great game for the neutrals as well.

“We showed the character that the team has coming back from behind twice and the willingness that the whole team has to get some points in this division.”

This was another game that highlighted the impact fans can have on a match, with a scintilating atmosphere inspiring the players to produce a memorable show.

Yet it remains to be seen how important the two points Liverpool left behind in London will be in this crazy season.

Read John Aldridge's verdict on Liverpool's thrilling draw at Brentford in the Sunday World newspaper.

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