Brentford manager Thomas Frank has said the pressure is off his side as they prepare to face Liverpool, but he believes at least one of his players is more than a match for the Reds
Thomas Frank believes Brentford midfielder Chrstian Norgaard could slot into Liverpool ’s starting lineup without any issue.
The Danish midfielder has enjoyed an impressive start to his maiden Premier League campaign, anchoring the Bees midfield.
And aside from a handful of appearances for Fiorentina, this season is his first in a major top division, having spent the majority of his career with Brondby in Denmark.
But Frank believes that the 27-year-old is now at such a level where he could be swapped with Reds midfielder Fabinho, without making too much difference.
“I think Christian is a late bloomer,” said Frank. “And I’m very, very pleased that he’s playing for Brentford.
“Because I think if you took him out and put him into Liverpool, and changed the two players, Fabinho and him, I don’t think you’d see much difference.”
Brentford go into their first league meeting with Liverpool since 1947, coming off the back of a comprehensive 2-0 win over Wolves at Molineux.
And while Frank said his side believe they can compete, he admitted that results against the top four isn’t how their season will be defined.
“We are going into this game with a belief that we can win,” he continued. “We know it is going to be unbelievably difficult.
“The top four sides, Liverpool, the two Manchester teams, and Chelsea, are quite a bit ahead of anyone else.
“These are not the teams we need to compete against; these are the potential Champions League winners. Can we get a result? I think we can but over 38 games it is impossible for us to finish above them.”
The Brentford boss suggested that the pressure is off his players, having already picked up eight points from their opening five top-flight games.
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Frank added: “The pressure is off. It is a different mentality from the play-Off final where the pressure was massive to win.
“However, we need to find the right balance to make sure we aren’t exposed or show too much respect. We have a balanced squad that is confident but humble.
“We will go into the game with fire in our eyes and a smile on our face to attack, and probably defend a lot as well. We are looking forward to the challenge.
“It is more likely that they win 3-0 than we win 1-0 but we have a chance to win 1-0. That’s the chance we are going for. I know we are difficult to play against and I hope we make it difficult for Liverpool.”