In Breaking Premier League News, 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 ended their 10-game winless streak in style as Taiwo Awoniyi returned to haunt former club Liverpool and stop their Premier League revival. Awoniyi was on the books at Anfield for six years without ever playing for them, but showed Jurgen Klopp what he was all about, securing a famous 1-0 win that lifts Forest off the bottom of the table after his second-half goal.
Forest beat Liverpool at the City Ground in their first ever Premier League match 30 years ago and this victory will be just as memorable as it is their first three points since August and will provide hope that they can make a fist of their return to the big time after picking up just three points from their last 27 available.
This was a thoroughly deserved success born out of aggression, energy and desire that at times Klopp’s men could not handle.
The Reds looked to have turned a corner after wins over Manchester City and West Ham in the past week, but after a Wednesday night to Saturday lunchtime turnaround that Klopp hates so much, this was a setback in their attempts to claw themselves back up the table.
Jurgen Klopp told BT Sport: “The performance I can explain, the result not. I never saw a game where one team has four or five no-brainers from a set-piece, but we have to finish it off.
“Bobby (Firmino) first half, Virgil (Van Dijk) two or three times. We have to put the game to bed and their goal is a mistake from us.
“We had to make late changes and it’s a game you have to win purely doing the right stuff. Obviously we didn’t and that’s why we lost the game.”
The first half wasn’t one to remember but the newly promoted team were exceptional in the second half. Gibbs-White was a creative output, Kouyate was everywhere, Henderson pulled off a game winning save and Awoniyi scored the goal that made the difference. You can’t forget the crowd either who played their part and helped get their team over the line.
Yes, there were injuries and Thiago and Darwin Nunez might have made a difference, as would long-term absentees Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota, but the performance wasn’t up to scratch.
Salah was nowhere to be seen, barely registering any touches and the team’s best creative moments came from a young Harvey Elliott and aging James Milner. Klopp simply has to do better than that.
Injuries are one thing but just two points from five games on the road is unacceptable for team with Premier League title aspirations.
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