Liverpool's surprising record in 12.30pm KO's revealed as Brentford clash nears

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Jurgen Klopp's side have endured a better record than usual in the early-Saturday slot.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has often voiced his distaste for the early kick-off slots and his side face another this weekend against Brentford.

What has typically been a topic of conversation with the media at press conferences over the years, Klopp's record in England with the timeslot has been mixed to say the least. Earlier this season he ranted after his side was chosen for an early-slot after an international break.

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“If I say a word about it then the world says: ‘He’s moaning again’,” Klopp said ahead of the Wolves game in September. “This is a joke. We had four players in South America who I haven’t even seen yet. In 24 hours we play."

As it stands, Klopp has faced 13 games at 12.30pm directly following an international break since arriving at the club - that's over double the amount than second-placed Tottenham, which has proven hugely difficult. They even went winless last season in the six games they played at that time, which it is treated as a bogey slot.

However, their fortunes have changed so far this season; they've had four games in the 12.30pm slot and have come out with an unbeaten record - and three wins to boot. Those came against Wolves, Everton and Crystal Palace, while also earning a creditable draw away at Manchester City. But Brentford is a difficult test for several reasons.

The Reds have conceded three on each of the last two occasions visiting the GTech Community Stadium but Thomas Frank's side have won just two of their last 11. A victory away at Wolves last time out was an invaluable three points and confidence boost however the test of Liverpool is set to be far greater. Frank will be boosted by the return of African duo Frank Onyeka and Yoane Wissa but they aren't at full strength without key figure Bryan Mbeumo.

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