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Ben Fisher’s report is in, so I’m going to wrap this blog up. And don’t forget you can join Barry Glendenning for coverage of the 3pm games. Ta-ra!

Jurgen Klopp speaks

The performance I can kind of explain, the result not. I never saw a game where one team has …. I’m not sure, four or five no-brainers from a set-piece. We have to finish them off. We should have put the game to bed. The goal we conceded was a big mistake from us [by Joe Gomez]. All the chances they had we gave them, because too often we played the wrong pass.

We had to play three games in six days with a really limited squad. That’s just how it is. Result-wise, we should have showed consistency today with better finishing.

Our next game is Wednesday so it’s like a holiday. I hope a few players will be back. Forest showed fight. It’s the Premier League, they are all good and they all fight. But giving a team six clear-cut chances from set pieces, I’m not sure I should be praising Forest to be honest. They are a great team, Steve is a fantastic manager, but we have to win today. Done. And we didn’t, so credit to Nottingham Forest.

The player of the match Ryan Yates speaks

It’s what we needed. We’ve been putting in good performances in recent weeks and we thoroughly deserved that today. The manager said before the game that we had to get the crowd behind us from the first minute, and we did that. [On Dean Henderson’s save] Unbelievable. It’s what he’s there for! [Is this a turning point?] It’s gotta be. It’s gotta be. If we can beat Liverpool we can beat anyone.

The matchwinner Taiwo Awoniyi speaks

I think I played a good game for my team. We had a plan, to be compact and try to get a goal, and I’m very happy that we won. Liverpool brought me into football, they signed me when I was 18, so it’s an emotional game for me. We have to thank the fans.

As well as the victory, it’s a second consecutive clean sheet for Forest. That’s really significant because they were haemorrhaging goals a month ago.

Steve Cooper is warmly congratulated by Trent Alexander-Arnold, who he coached in the Liverpool Academy. The atmosphere at the City Ground is wonderful. Whatever happens this season, they’ll remember this game forever.

Full time: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Liverpool

A famous victory for Nottingham Forest! If this doesn’t kickstart their season, then nothing will. They played with brains and heart against a below-par Liverpool, whose miserable away form continues. Forest also needed an immense late save from Dean Henderson, who has jumped straight in to celebrate with the home fans!

Nottingham Forest’s Jesse Lingard celebrates after the match.
Nottingham Forest’s Jesse Lingard celebrates after the final whistle. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters
Nottingham Forest's Dean Henderson celebrates after the match.
As does Forest keeper Dean Henderson. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images/Reuters
Liverpool’s Curtis Jones and his team-mates looks dejected after the match.
Whilst Liverpool’s Curtis Jones and his team-mates looks dejected. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images/Reuters

90+6 min: Johnson hits the post! Forest break from a Liverpool corner, with Alisson still upfield, and Johnson hits the post from 30 yards!

90+5 min After a game of head tennis in the Forest area, Henderson tips Salah’s looping header over the bar. That was a comfortable save.

90+2 min: Wonderful save from Henderson! Robertson’s outswinging corner finds Van Dijk, unmarked eight yards out. He powers a textbook downward header to the left of Henderson, who somehow gets down to make a fantastic save! The ball rebounds in front of goal, and Yates protects it until he is fouled by Alisson.

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (right) has this header saved by Nottingham Forest's goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk (right) powers a header goalwards but is denied by a fine save by Nottingham Forest’s goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images

90+2 min Another corner to Liverpool, and Alisson is coming forward.

90+1 min Five minutes of added time.

90 min: Just wide from Van Dijk! Alexander-Arnold curls a lovely ball beyond the far post, where Van Dijk stretches to cushion a volley back across goal with his left foot. It just evades Salah and runs behind for a goalkick.

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk reacts after going close.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk reacts after going close. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

90 min Freuler is booked, presumably for dissent.

89 min Lodi fouls Elliott 25 yards from goal, to the right of centre. This is a chance for Liverpool…

88 min Worrall is booked for timewasting.

86 min: Great save from Alisson! Yates wins the ball in midfield and plays it to Gibbs-White on the left. He waits for the right moment to clip a lovely return pass into the path of Yates, who pings a shot towards the far corner. Alisson spreads himself and diverts it over the bar with his left bicep. That’s outstanding goalkeeping.

Liverpool's Alisson saves a shot from Nottingham Forest's Ryan Yates.
Liverpool’s Alisson saves a shot from Nottingham Forest’s Ryan Yates. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

85 min: Good save from Henderson! Jones plays in the underlapping Robertson, who digs out an excellent cross towards the far post. Alexander-Arnold comes on the blindside of Lodi, eight yards out, and powers a header that is pushed away to his left by Henderson.

84 min Van Dijk seems okay.

83 min Yet another injury concern for Liverpool, with Van Dijk needing treatment. It’s a problem with his right foot.

80 min Forest bring on Orel Mangala for the thoroughly shattered Cheikhou Kouyate. He’s been terrific.

78 min Robertson’s outswinging corner is headed down by Van Dijk and cleared by Cook.

77 min Kouyate rumbles into the area from the left and picks out Yates on the edge of the area. His shot is slightly tame and deflects through to Alisson. That was a chance for Forest.

77 min: Liverpool substitution Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces… Roberto Firmino. That’s a bit of a surprise, even if Firmino hasn’t been great today.

73 min Forest are 17 minutes away from a famous victory, one that would move them off the bottom of the table.

72 min Another change for Forest. Renan Lodi replaces Neco Williams at left-back.

72 min “Sunday feels like a long time ago, suddenly,” says Matt Dony.

71 min Alexander-Arnold’s cross is deflected towards Jones on the edge of the area. He takes it on the chest and hits a volley straight at Henderson.

Liverpool's Curtis Jones (right) shoots at goal but his volley is saved by Nottingham Forest keeper Dean Henderson.
Liverpool’s Curtis Jones (right) shoots at goal but his volley is saved by Nottingham Forest keeper Dean Henderson. Photograph: Andrew Kearns/CameraSport/Getty Images

70 min Kouyate has given himself cramp with that run. Forest’s midfield three – Kouyate, Yates and Freueler – has been really excellent today.

69 min: Good save from Alisson! Another excellent counter-attack from Forest. Kouyate charges the length of the field, playing a long-range one-two with Gibbs-White in the process, and crosses low towards Johnson at the near post. He doesn’t connect properly with a first-time shot on the run and it’s pushed round the post by the diving Alisson.

66 min The pressure is mounting. Alexander-Arnold’s cross is shinned behind by Cook, and he trots across to take the corner. It’s headed away superbly by Cook, under all sorts of pressure from Van Dijk at the far post.

65 min Forest lose the ball in a dangerous area, but Firmino’s cutback evades both Salah and Jones in the middle.

64 min A double substitution for Forest. Joe Worrall and Brennan Johnson replace the goalscorer Taiwo Awoniyi, who has run himself into the ground, and Jesse Lingard. That means a switch to a back five.

63 min: Chance for Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold’s wicked inswinging corner is headed into the ground and over the bar by Firmino, six yards out. He saw it very late, and had to stoop to make contact, so it wasn’t an easy chance.

62 min Liverpool make a double substitution: Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold replace James Milner, who was excellent actually, and Fabio Carvalho.

58 min: Great defending from Milner! Forest almost make it two. Awoniyi leads a four-on-three break from a Liverpool corner and plays the ball across to Gibbs-White in the area. He takes a touch and sidefoots a shot that is brilliantly blocked by the sliding Milner.

57 min: Good save from Henderson! Milner slides a pass infield to the onrushing Elliott, whose right-footed shot is pushed round the near post by Henderson.

57 min Robertson and Fabinho has a bit of a disagreement after the goal. It’s really hard to reconcile lethargic, sloppy performances like that with the relentless brilliance we’ve seen from Liverpool over the past five years.

The free-kick for that Gomez foul was launched across the field to Cook on the right. He hammered a cross into a crowded area that was shinned against the post by Awoniyi. The ball came straight back to him, and he volleyed it gleefully into the roof of the net from six yards.

Nottingham Forest’s Taiwo Awoniyi celebrates scoring their first goal with Jesse Lingard (top) and Ryan Yates (left).
Nottingham Forest’s Taiwo Awoniyi celebrates scoring their first goal with Jesse Lingard (top) and Ryan Yates (left). Photograph: David Klein/Reuters
Taiwo Awoniyi of Nottingham Forest celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0.
And then on his own. Photograph: James Williamson/AMA/Getty Images

GOAL! Nottm Forest 1-0 Liverpool (Awoniyi 55)

Taiwo Awoniyi has scored against his old club!

54 min Gomez is booked for pulling back Awoniyi, who won the ball on the halfway line and wa smaking his way towards goal. Steve Cooper thinks it should be a red card, but he was too far away for it to be regarded a clear goalscoring opportunity.

53 min Liverpool have a hopeful penalty appeal turned down when Elliott runs into Cook.

52 min Milner’s free-kick finds Salah completely unmarked, 12 yards out, but he makes a complete mess of an attempted volley. He had time to bring that down. The ball runs across to Carvalho, who sprays over the bar.

Fabio Carvalho of Liverpool fires a shot over the bar during the Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool.
Fabio Carvalho of Liverpool fires a shot over the bar. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC/Getty Images

51 min Liverpool’s injury list means they don’t have many attacking options on the bench. The best is a right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold, though they also have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Bobby Clark.

50 min Milner’s deep, floated cross is headed off target by Carvalho, who saw it very late, and McKenna is able to clear from inside the six-yard box.

48 min Williams hits a long-range shot that is blocked by Gomez. That was quite a promising Forest break but Williams took the wrong option.

46 min Peep peep! Liverpool begin the second half.

“Salah was down for about two minutes,” says David Buckley. “The match stopped. Yet there was only one minute of added time. Can you explain that one to me?”

No. You’re welcome.

“Talking about mid-90s nostalgia,” says Bogdan Kotarlic, “I remember (I don`t know why) Leicester City, their great Filbert Street stadium , their beautiful blue kit and their awesome players Emile Heskey, Muzzy Izzet, Steve Guppy and Neil Lennon. Great days!”

Half-time reading

This is delightful stuff.

Half time: Nottm Forest 0-0 Liverpool

Forest have frustrated Liverpool with a fiercely determined defensive performance. They had their moments on the counter too, especially through Taiwo Awoniyi, though Liverpool had the best chance when Virgil van Dijk inexplicably turned down a header from six yards.

44 min Salah seems okay. He’s been very quiet, but there are no signs of back trouble.

42 min “Huge weekend for mid-90s nostalgia,” says Neill Brown. “New record released by Leftfield; Suede on Jools Holland; Forest v Liverpool in the Premier League; me being awake after 11pm; the UK only a few years away from a non-Tory government; Liverpool in unattractive white outfits. What a time to be barely alive! Anyway, this game needs a goal.”

41 min Kouyate flies into a tackle on Elliott and is lucky not to be booked. Elliott jumps straight to his feet, when many players would have tried to get him in trouble.

39 min I’m still trying to make sense of that van Dijk header.

37 min: What a chance for van Dijk! Milner’s corner is headed back to him on the right. He curls a brilliant left-footed cross to find van Dijk unmarked at the far post, six yards out. For some reason he tries to head it square to Firmino rather than going for goal, and the ball drifts behind for a goalkick. That was highly weird; all he had to do was plant a relatively simple header past Henderson.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk heads across rather than at the goal.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk heads across rather than at the goal. Photograph: Phil Duncan/ProSports/Shutterstock

35 min Firmino turns Cook beautifully but then overhits a lofted through ball to Elliott.

35 min Salah is back on the field.



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