Liverpool snatch dramatic win at Forest

Liverpool snatch dramatic win at Forest

Darwin Nunez is the hero as he scores a dramatic 99th-minute winner to extend Liverpool's lead at the top of the table, after a difficult afternoon at the City Ground.

  • Klopp gives Bobby Clark his Premier League debut
  • Joe Gomez starts in midfield, sitting deep to protect the back four
  • Liverpool hero Divock Origi plays against the Reds for the first time
  • Kelleher makes an excellent one-on-one save mid-way through the first half
  • Goalless at half-time as Liverpool offer little in the attacking third
  • Endo and Nunez return from injury after 60 minutes
  • Elanga misses a great chance from 12 yards after 65 minutes
  • Heavy rain and wind make conditions difficult as the match enters the final third
  • 8 minutes added on at the end of the game
  • Darwin Nunez scores the winner in the 99th minute from Mac Allister's cross

No one moment wins the league title, but this win will certainly go a long way to deciding where the title might end up, as Liverpool secures a dramatic 99th-minute winner at the City Ground!

Liverpool offered little in the way of an attacking threat in the first half, although Bobby Clark narrowly shot over the bar from 20 yards, before he had another effort blocked in the box, with Luis Diaz prodding the rebound wide.  At the other end, Caoimhin Kelleher continued his excellent form, producing a fine one-on-one save to deny Elanga after the forward had been put clean through on goal.  Divock Origi, starting against his former club for the first time, was a constant menace in the first half and produced several driving runs that caused the Liverpool defence problems.

Liverpool improved as the half wore on, and were beginning to build a bit of momentum as half-time approached, though the teams went into the break at 0 - 0.

Into the second half, Liverpool began to show more attacking intent and were boosted by the return of Wataru Endo and Darwin Nunez on 60 minutes.  Nunez was quickly into the action, hitting the side netting after only being on the pitch for four minutes.  However, it was Forest who should have taken the lead one minute later, when Elanga pulled a shot wide from 12 yards.

As the match wore on, the weather conditions began to deteriorate, with heavy rain and wind making free-flowing football difficult.  As the game entered the final 15 minutes, Klopp brought on Szoboszlai for Elliott, as the Reds searched for a winner to extend their lead at the top of the table.

As the game entered the final few minutes, Klopp threw on youngster Jayden Danns, and he had a fantastic shout for a penalty when he was wrestled to the ground by a Forest defender.  VAR checked the challenge but deemed it fair, even though similar tackles are penalised every week.

As the game ticked over to 90 minutes, the fourth official showed eight minutes of added time.  Liverpool continued to probe and scored a dramatic last-minute winner when Alexis Mac Allister delivered a lovely cross for Darwin Nunez to glance home and send the Liverpool fans into delirium behind the goal!

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Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool match stats

Possession
Nottingham Forest - 30% - 70% Liverpool

Total Shots
Nottingham Forest 8 - 22 Liverpool

Shots on Target
Nottingham Forest 2 - 2 Liverpool

Corners
Nottingham Forest 3 - 12 Liverpool

Fouls
Nottingham Forest 11 - 12 Liverpool

Man of the Match

Nottingham Forest Stadium Announcer - Ryan Yates
LFC - Back On Our Perch - Darwin Nunez

What's Next

Liverpool travels to the Czech Republic to face Sparta Prague in the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday 7th March 2024. Kick-off at 17.45 (GMT)

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