The Nottingham City Ground After losing 1-0 to Nottingham Forest, Liverpool’s winless road streak in the Premier League has grown to five games.
Thiago Alcantara reported having an ear infection and sitting out this game, and Darwin Nunez failed a late fitness test, therefore Jurgen Klopp’s day started at 05:15. Three of Liverpool’s four best strikers, the same number in midfield, and three of their five strongest defenders were all out due to the team’s extensive injury list and some rotation.
However, they had recently won back-to-back games against Manchester City and West Ham United, so they were feeling rather upbeat. However, the absences were felt in a disappointing performance in which there were very few good opportunities.
Forest, who was at the bottom of the standings and had not won in nine games, performed better in the opening period. While the East Midlands club was predictably up for it, cutting into every challenge with vigour and producing quality opportunities on the break, Liverpool dominated possession, but the intensity was entirely lacking.
By turning on the style with balls flicked around the corner and searching for the killer through the ball, Morgan Gibbs-White displayed his class. He matched it with relentless pursuit, constantly keeping an eye on Liverpool’s back seven, and energetic counter-attacking breaks into space. On the opposing flank, the much-criticised Serge Aurier dealt with Fabio Carvalho admirably.
The much-needed spring in Liverpool’s stride at the start of the second period was quickly put to an end by Taiwo Awoniyi. The player who scored the winning goal against West Ham United here in August, Forest’s only other victory this season, duplicated the feat while haunting his former team. The 25-year-old spent his time at Liverpool, where he never made a senior appearance, on seven loan moves.
The Nigerian striker was initially viciously brought down on the halfway line by Joe Gomez, just as he appeared to have a clear path to the net. Following the subsequent free kick, the ball was swung low to Awoniyi on the left flank, but his initial shot struck the post. The No. 9 took advantage of the rebound, however, and hit the second shot cleanly.
Brennan Johnson, who finally took over for Awoniyi, had a chance to win the match when Gibbs-White and Cheikhou Kouyate, who both shown great play in central midfield the entire game, teamed to burst down the left and play in the striker. As he did for Ryan Yates later in the proceedings, Alisson denied him as well.
In the dying minutes, Liverpool made a push, especially through three chances for Virgil van Dijk, which raised the legitimate worry that he was their best-attacking threat. However, Klopp’s team finished up with fewer efforts on target than Forest, who were deserving winners in this Premier League weekend opener.
The three points move Forest up to 19th place, above local rival Leicester City, while Liverpool is 11 points behind leaders Arsenal despite having played one more game.
Live updates on the score and analysis from The Sporting News are available below.
Final score between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool
Goals: Awoniyi (55)
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Henderson pushes Salah’s looping header over in the 95th minute. Now into the fading embers.
Minute 92: Van Dijk once more! This time, the centre-back rose well and attempted a header, but Henderson dives low to prevent it.
90th minute: Van Dijk misses another shot. The Dutchman receives Alexander-free Arnold’s kick at the back post and unsuccessfully attempts to cross the goal with it. There will thereafter be five minutes of stoppage time.
85th minute: Yates is passed in at the other end after escaping Fabinho, but Allison blocks his low strike.
83rd minute: Liverpool restarted play with a shot at the back post after Van Dijk and Johnson both spent some time on the ground receiving treatment. Salah crossed the ball, and Alexander-Arnold snuck in from the right to meet it, but Henderson stopped him.
In the 76th minute, Liverpool is still unable to create any sustained pressure or split this defence. To end their afternoon, Van Dijk nods the ball towards Firmino in the heart of the box, but the ball is intercepted by his feet.
Johnson had a chance to end the game in the 69th minute! On the left wing, Gibbs-White did an outstanding job curling a first-time through ball to Kouyate, who continued the break and squared for the replacement on the run, but Allison made a tremendous right-hand save.
64th minute: The home team substitutes Joe Worrall and Brennan Johnson for an exhausted Lingard and goal scorer Awoniyi.
62nd minute: Milner and Carvalho are replaced by Alexander-Arnold and Henderson, two regular starters for Liverpool.
59th minute: Elliott nearly gives Liverpool a response with a powerful shot to the near post, but Henderson saves it. Then, Forest quickly advances to the other end and sets up Gibbs-White in the area, but Milner’s sliding block prevents him from scoring. This game has really taken off!
The goal at minute 55! Awoniyi didn’t dwell on his self-pity for too long! Following the subsequent free kick, the ball travels to the left flank before returning six yards inside for the Nigerian. His first attempt hits the woodwork, but it bounces back into Awoniyi’s path, where she lands it perfectly on the rebound. Forest wins 1-0.
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Awoniyi outmuscles Gomez on the midway line in the 54th minute, and the England international cynically brings the striker to the ground. The decision to merely give a yellow was the right one, but Awoniyi will be furious because he was clear through.
52nd minute: Liverpool has undoubtedly come out stronger in the first half, and they are establishing a base in the final third. On a free kick, Salah and Carvalho have the best chances, but the first misses and the second misses.
46th minute: We have resumed motion. No adjustments during the break.
GOALLESS AT THE HALF-WAY POINT, with Forest the more dangerous team.
45th minute: The first half has ended fully. With one minute of injury time left, Klopp has a significant window of opportunity to turn this performance around.
37 minutes: Wow. Van Dijk has a clear-cut opportunity to score with a header at the back post, but instead of doing so, he tries to cross the ball back for Firmino. Instead, it travels past the goal and nowhere near the Brazilian.
34th minute: Salah was treated for a few minutes after being pushed in the box by McKenna, but there were no meaningful appeals for a penalty.
31st minute: The hosts have a huge opportunity. Awoniyi, who is quite the handful for Gomez, wins the two-on-two match. Lingard is made available for the pass by the Nigerian’s combination of Van Dijk and Gomez, but the playmaker’s effort is comfortably stopped.
30th minute: For the past few minutes, it has only been Forest. They are now employing Williams, an ex-Liverpool prospect, on the left wing. Liverpool, who again appears careless in possession at the back and are floating pointless balls forward, have been alarmed by a trio of half-chances.
22nd minute: Awoniyi cuts back to Kouyate, whose effort is saved, after a wonderful play from the right wing. Both teams had their finest attacks of the game thus far as Liverpool responds with a cutback for Salah at considerably closer range, which Henderson is able to block.
19th minute: Fortunately for Milner, Alisson intercepts a clumsy, looping backpass from Awoniyi before it can go horribly wrong. After a short pass from the goalie, Jones responds skillfully to Lingard’s relentless pressure a few minutes later. Liverpool doesn’t do anything on either side of the field.
12th minute: Firmino receives the game’s first opportunity, but he wastefully misses it after winning the aerial duel far too easily. At the other end, Gibbs-White charges forward on a highly promising counterattack, but Lingard is tripped up by the pass as he tries to shoot it.
7th minute: Forest is pressing hard in midfield as you might anticipate, but there aren’t any real chances yet. With a combination of muscle to shrug off two men and smooth feet to get around one another, Kouyate had the audience on their feet early on. Salah is Liverpool’s out-ball at the moment.
KICK-OFF: The City Ground is as unbearably loud as it has been throughout the season as we get started.
With 15 minutes left until kickoff, Klopp commented on the significant Liverpool XI absences, telling BT Sport: “No [it’s not preventative], I wish I could do that. Darwin couldn’t play today since the game was too early and he could still feel the intensity of it in his muscles. He might be able to play on Monday or maybe even tomorrow.
And overnight, Thiago had a severe ear infection. This morning at 5:15, a choice was made. That is the cause of it sometimes becoming that way.
30 minutes before kickoff: This matchup has a rich history, with the 1978–1979 European Cup matchup being among the most well-known in Forest History. Prior to that match, Liverpool had the title of continental champions, but Brian Clough’s team defeated Liverpool 2-0 here to claim the trophy for themselves. That occurred during a five-year period in which the competition was only won by Forest (twice) and Liverpool (three times).
45 minutes to go: Since their home debut against West Ham in August, which still stands as their lone victory of 2022–23, Forest has been on a terrible run of form. They recently played three consecutive Midlands derbies, and they only managed to earn a point. This was part of a nine-game losing sequence during which 21 goals had been conceded.
One hour till the KO: The team news has arrived, and Nunez and Thiago are completely absent! The Merseyside giants are using a rotating team, with Alexander-Arnold and Henderson sitting on the bench.
1 hour 15 minutes left until the end: Despite the emphasis on their defence, Forest manager Cooper urged his team to strengthen their attack in his programme notes: We need to pose more of danger moving forward, I told the players after the Brighton game.
“We have recently concentrated on defence because we are aware that we will need to play much better defence than we did last season, but our attacking and creative approach remains the same. We are devoted to this look.
30 minutes remain till the team announcement is announced at the City Ground. During yesterday’s pregame press conference, Klopp said of Darwin Nunez: “He is one of the cases where we need to have a look because he was not injured, but he felt something and I don’t know if he feels that still today and what the medical department tells me then, we have to see” All eyes will be on whether star striker Darwin Nunez is fit enough for the visitors.
1 hour 45 minutes until KO: Welcome to The Sporting News’ coverage of Forest vs. Liverpool to kick off the Premier League weekend in the pleasant East Midlands. Unbelievably, Liverpool is still looking for their first league-away victory in the month of October.
Lineups for Nottingham Forest vs. Liverpool
roster for Nottingham Forest (4-3-3):
Henderson (GK) is joined by Aurier, Cook, McKenna, Williams, Yates, Freuler, and Kouyate, as well as Gibbs-White, Awoniyi, and Lingard.
Alisson (GK) is backed up by Milner, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Jones, and Elliott for Liverpool (4-3-3) as well as Carvalho, Salah, and Firmino.
What time does Liverpool vs. Nottingham Forest start?
At the City Ground in Nottingham, England, Liverpool will take on Nottingham Forest.
The event begins on Saturday, October 22 at 12.30 p.m. BST.
|Date||Sat, October 22||Sat, October 22||Sat, October 22||Sat, October 22|
|Time||12:30 BST||07:30 ET||07:30 ET||22:30 AET|
How to watch Liverpool vs. Nottingham Forest
|TV channel||BT Sport 1||USA Network, Universo||–||–|
|Streaming||BT Sport app||fuboTV, Universo Now, Telemundo en Vivo||fuboTV||Optus Sport|
UK: The match will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 which can also be live-streamed on the BT Sport app.
USA: The game will be shown on USA Network (English) and Universo (Spanish), with both channels, streamed on fuboTV.
Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on-demand exclusively via fuboTV.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on-demand on Optus Sport.