Liverpool VS Nottingham Football Match Score 22 April
Having returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion last time out, Liverpool host Nottingham Forest at Anfield in Saturday afternoon’s Premier League contest.
The Reds taught Leeds United a footballing lesson in a 6-1 romping on Monday night, while Steve Cooper’s men were put to the sword 2-0 by Manchester United.At risk of going six games without a win for the first time since Jurgen Klopp took charge, Liverpool instead produced their best counter-pressing and possession performance of the season at Elland Road, according to their jubilant German manager.
Liverpool took a while to get going at Elland Road, but Cody Gakpo’s 35th-minute opener sparked a goalmouth frenzy, as Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota ended the night with braces alongside a Darwin Nunez effort, while although Leeds made things interesting early in the second half through Luis Sinisterra.
The signs of a revival were there in the pulsating four-goal thriller with Arsenal, who were arguably fortunate to come away from Anfield with a point, but Liverpool’s drubbing of Leeds was not enough to propel them back into the European places, and they remain eighth in the rankings at the time of writing.
Nine points separate Liverpool from Newcastle United in the fourth and final Champions League spot, so Klopp’s side are mathematically still capable of forcing their way back into Europe’s premier competition, and a kind end to the season sees the Reds face just one other Big Six side in a faltering Tottenham Hotspur before the curtain closes on a tumultuous year.
Now unbeaten in seven successive home fixtures in the Premier League – scoring at least twice in each of their last four at Anfield – Liverpool have just one defeat on their record from their last 37 Premier League home matches, but Forest have already proven capable of going toe-to-toe with Klopp’s crop.A public vote of confidence from the powers-that-be has done little to galvanise Steve Cooper or his under-performing Nottingham Forest squad, who were comprehensively put to the sword by Man United at the City Ground to deepen their relegation fears.
Efforts from Antony and Diogo Dalot either side of the half-time whistle confirmed a routine win for the Red Devils, who could have made the net ripple more had it not been for the efforts of Keylor Navas, but once again, the Paris Saint-Germain loanee’s string of stops proved futile.Now without a win in 10 top-flight matches while losing each of their last three, the Tricky Trees travel to Anfield languishing in 18th place – albeit only behind Everton on goal difference – but Cooper had every right to feel aggrieved on Sunday after a seemingly clear handball from Harry Maguire in the box was not flagged.
A consolation goal from the spot would have done little to cancel out Forest’s abysmal record at the other end, though, as Cooper’s ravaged squad have now gone 10 Premier League games without a clean sheet, and each of the visitors’ last five matches on the road has ended in defeat.
It has been a different story for Forest at the City Ground, where former Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi returned to haunt his former club in a surprise 1-0 win for the Tricky Trees in October, but the Reds have won each of their last four Anfield clashes with their visitors, the most recent of which saw Michael Owen score four in a 5-1 demolition job in 1998.A near-perfect evening for Liverpool at Leeds also saw Luis Diaz make his first appearance in over six months after making a full recovery from knee surgery, leaving Klopp with just three known absentees for Saturday’s contest.
Naby Keita is yet to recover from a muscular problem and could very well have played his final game in a Liverpool shirt, while Stefan Bajcetic (adductor) and Calvin Ramsay (knee) continue their recoveries from season-ending operations.
Surely seeing no need to alter a winning formula, Klopp could once again force Thiago Alcantara and Nunez to accept minutes from the bench, as Curtis Jones and Jota – who had a hand in three of Liverpool’s six goals on Monday after a torrid start – continue in the XI.
Meanwhile, Forest boss Cooper continues to work around an injury crisis at the City Ground, with all of Giulian Biancone (knee), Omar Richards (calf), Chris Wood, Willy Boly and Cheikhou Kouyate (all thigh) confined to the infirmary for the foreseeable future.
Ryan Yates (shoulder), Serge Aurier (unspecified), Dean Henderson (thigh) and Gustavo Scarpa (knee) should not take as long to heal, but Cooper stated that he would be working with the same squad as last weekend in his pre-game press conference.
Awoniyi missed a glorious chance to make the net ripple against Man United, but the former Reds striker can feel hopeful of holding his spot against his old club, unless Cooper gambles on a more defensive presence in the form of Orel Mangala.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Gakpo, Jota
Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Navas; Felipe, McKenna, Niakhate; Williams, Danilo, Mangala, Freuler, Lodi; Johnson, Gibbs-White