The Bees took the lead through Ethan Pinnock before Diogo Jota nodded the Reds level. Mohamed Salah ‘s 100th Premier League goal for Liverpool shortly after the break was then cancelled out by Vitaly Janelt.
Academy graduate Curtis Jones’ thumping strike looked to have clinched a win for Jurgen Klopp ‘s men – only for Yoane Wissa to stab home a dramatic equaliser.
The Reds’ defence was rocked by Brentford’s fearless approach and Alexander-Arnold was targeted on numerous occasions.
The Bees created an overload at the far post on numerous occasions to pressure the England ace, and it paid off with Wissa’s late leveller.
“I felt a little bit sorry for Alexander-Arnold on the right-hand side,” Richards said.
“Normally you’ve got someone like Fabinho in there. You get him across.
“[Trent] did really well trying to keep inside within the post, his positioning was right, but when you have two or three [Brentford players to deal with] it’s very, very difficult.
“They played the gameplan perfectly. This time it worked for them.”
Prior to the game, Liverpool had only conceded one goal in the league all season.
But they looked uncharacteristically shaky at the back in west London.
Brentford’s opening goal set the tone for the evening as a smart set-piece saw the ball trickle past a static Reds defence for Pinnock to finish.
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Klopp elected to recall Joel Matip to partner Virgil van Dijk after £36m summer signing Ibrahima Konate had started the Reds last Premier League game in the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
It remains to be seen if this performance will fast track plans for Konate to become van Dijk’s regular defensive partner.
Brentford’s late goal thwarted Liverpool from opening up a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League – although they have nudged a point clear ahead of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Liverpool boss Klopp insisted that Brentford were good value for their point after a pulsating encounter.
“They deserved it,” said the German. “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.
“I have no problem with accepting when you play this kind of football. That’s 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.”