Thomas Frank believes Brentford striker Ivan Toney has the ‘mindset of a lion’ ahead of their match against Liverpool.

Brentford’s Premier League adventure continues this weekend, with the Bees hosting the Reds after an impressive start to the season.

Frank’s side sit in ninth with two wins, two draws, and a loss, while Liverpool have been one of the standout sides in the league this season, currently just behind Chelsea in second.

And speaking about Toney, who scored 33 goals in Brentford's promotion from the Championship, Frank said: “He’s coming across so fantastically because he’s humble, calm, but with a mindset of a lion.

 

“If you want to be a top player, you need to work hard, constantly reflect, and want to learn, and then obviously you need to have that confidence that he’s got so naturally.

“Liverpool will be our biggest test this season by far because they are one of the best teams in the world and one of the biggest clubs in the world."

Brentford’s opponents on Saturday look back to their old selves after a below par 2020-21 campaign, but the Bees proved they’re a threat to any side in the league in their first home game of the season against Arsenal.

They won that game 2-0 and are also in good form, coming off back-to-back wins in all competitions.

They secured a 2-0 win away at Wolves in the league, with a superb performance, before a 7-0 victory against Oldham Athletic in the EFL Cup, meaning their last defeat came on 11th September in a 1-0 loss away at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Liverpool’s record of four wins and one draw is matched only by Manchester United and Chelsea.

Frank added: “And in the last three years, they have played some of the best football: some of the most entertaining, forward-thinking, pressing, running, attacking from every angle football.

“It’s very, very impressive what they have done, Jurgen Klopp, the staff, and the players.”

 

Liverpool are looking in fine shape ahead of this weekend but will be without Thiago Alcantara after he was ruled out with a calf injury.

However, Roberto Firmino could be fit to play after returning to training this week following a hamstring issue.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was absent for last weekend’s win over Crystal Palace due to illness and could return while the injury Naby Keita suffered against Norwich was not serious - although he’s unlikely to feature this week.

In contrast, Brentford have no new injury news, despite Frank picking ten of his players to start in every Premier League game so far.