Don Kopleone rates the Reds as they found the goal they needed to keep the quadruple dream alive and set up an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.
What an absolutely ridiculous cup tie.
Liverpool headed to Nottingham to take on an historic rival, who they had not played in over 30 years. Steve Cooper’s Forest side were a credit to their manager. Jürgen Klopp’s team had the better of the first-half, but Roberto Firmino’s failed chip represented their only real chance.
The Brazilian should have scored then, but was a joy to watch for most of the first 45 minutes. After the break, the hosts posed more of a threat, and missed a golden opportunity minutes before Diogo Jota finally opened the scoring.
The Reds’ No.20 was adjudged to be just onside as he turned home a Kostas Tsimikas cross.
Forest continued to make chances, and, to be honest Liverpool played very naïvely and looked anything but comfortable as the seconds ticked down. Still, a win is a win, and the Reds are going back to Wembley.
Your ratings, as the quadruple dream lives on:
Ali 7 – One poor clearance created panic, but the Brazilian did superbly not to give away a penalty, as VAR confirmed.
JoGo 6.5 – Impressive instances, like when flashing his speed to cut out a dangerous counter. Poor for the last 10 minutes or so, however.
Ibou 6.5 – Not as dominant as we have seen him be in the Champions League. Very good passing out from the back, though.
Big Virg 7 – Imperious in the first half, and was asked to work a little harder than normal in the dying minutes.
Shimmy Cash 6 – Good work on the ball, and a weak-footed cross created Jota’s winner. However, Forest were finding more and more joy attacking down the Greek international’s flank as the game went on.
Ox 6 – Beat the odd player or two, but his final delivery always underwhelmed.
Fabs 7 – The hosts found more joy the moment Liverpool’s anchor went off.
Nabs 7.5 – Some very bright first half moments, and controlled the midfield.
Harv 6 – Not as involved as he’d like to be.
Bobby 7.5 – Sparkling during the first half, even if he missed a sitter when one-on-one. Tired a little after the break.
DioGOAL 7 – How often does the Portuguese seem to be off his best, before popping up with a vital goal? It’s a very useful knack to have.
ThiaGOAT 6.5 – Neat, struggled with the speed of Forest on the counter.
Hendo 6.5 – Fired his passes around to varying degrees of success.
Taki 6.5 – Sound. Given his record in the cups this season, perhaps a surprise non-starter.
Suárez Díaz 6 – Failed to control a couple of passes.
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