ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL — Liverpool further underlined their return to form this season as they eased to a 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest at Anfield.
Two goals in quick succession from Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez put the Reds in complete control during the first half.
And they capped off the win late in the second period as Mohamed Salah capitalised on a defensive mix-up to net his 10th goal of the campaign.
Jota’s goal was followed by a poignant celebration in which he held up the shirt of teammate Luis Diaz, whose parents were kidnapped overnight in his native Colombia.
The three points ensured Jurgen Klopp’s side remain in the top four, just three points shy of league leaders Tottenham.
Liverpool vs Nottingham Forest final score
Full-time Goalscorers Liverpool 3 Jota (31′), Nunez (35′), Salah (77′) Forest 0 –
Liverpool lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas — Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Gravenberch — Salah, Nunez, Jota
Nottingham Forest lineup (5-4-1, right to left): Turner (GK) — Aurier, Boly, Niakhate, Murillo, Aina — Gibbs-White, Sangare, Mangala, Dominguez — Elanga.
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Liverpool vs Nottingham Forest as it happened and highlights
FULLTIME: LIVERPOOL 3-0 NOTTINGHAM FOREST
Straightforward for the Reds in the end, with goals from Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah giving them the win.
94th min: Gakpo thinks he’s made it 4-0 from a low Elliott cross but a quick VAR check shows the Dutchman was offside.
86th min: Elanga hits the woodwork!
So unlucky for the former Manchester United man, who cracks the underside of the crossbar with a brilliant volleyed attempt at the back post.
78th min: A change for Liverpool now as Nunez, who has been a handful all afternoon, makes way for Endo.
77th min: GOAL! SALAH MAKES IT 3-0!
A complete nightmare for Forest as Toffolo and Turner get in a tangle over who is going to cut out a hopeful Szoboszlai ball over the top.
In the end, neither man does, allowing Salah to collect possession and pass the ball into an empty net.
69th min: Buoyed by that opportunity, the visitors are going for it.
Yates, Awoniyi and Toffolo all coming on for Aina, Mangala and Boly. Can these changes help Forest find a way back into this game?
65th min: Nottingham Forest waste a huge chance!
The visitors pile forward in numbers on the break and Gibbs-White picks out a beauty of a pass into the box but Dominguez, the man who is supposed to meet it, kicks the turf instead.
60th min: Elliott has a big chance with his first touch after being set up by Szoboszlai but his attempt is deflected wide for a corner that Forest defend well enough.
58th min: Gibbs-White jinks past Mac Allister in midfield and is brought down – that’s another yellow.
Liverpool take the opportunity to make two changes, Gakpo and Elliott replacing Jota and Gravenberch respectively.
52nd min: Dominguez drags Alexander-Arnold back as he powers through midfield and that’s a yellow card.
46th min: BACK UNDER WAY!
HALFTIME: LIVERPOOL 2-0 NOTTINGHAM FOREST
So that quick one-two from Liverpool has them in front of the break and in full control.
40th min: Liverpool absolutely peppering the Forest goal now with Szoboszlai and Gravenberch both forcing saves from Turner in quick succession.
This could get completely away from the visitors very quickly.
35th min: GOAL! NUNEZ MAKES IT 2-0!
Liverpool double their lead! It’s a really well-worked goal, Salah weighting a pass in behind for Szoboszlai, who hammers it onto the toe of Nunez on the goalline.
A quickfire double has put the hosts in firm control here.
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31st min: GOAL! JOTA MAKES IT 1-0 TO LIVERPOOL!
Murillo attempts to slalom through the Liverpool midfield and is dispossessed by Mac Allister, who instantly puts the hosts on the break.
Salah looks to have gone too early with his through pass to Nunez, but the forward gets a shot away that Turner can only parry into the path of a grateful Jota.
He heads straight to the bench for his celebration before holding up a shirt bearing Luis Diaz’s name.
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30th min: Nunez breaks in behind and gets a shot away from a tight angle but Turner does well to turn it around the post.
The Uruguayan then heads the subsequent corner just over the bar – and his reaction shows he felt he should have done better.
22nd min: A break in play as Ibrahim Sangare receives treatment after taking a powerful Alexander-Arnold shot to the head.
19th min: Trent Alexander-Arnold dives in late on Aina as he clears and he goes deservedly in the book for it.
The visitors starting to frustrate Liverpool already.
17th min: Liverpool still in control but it’s been a quiet first quarter of an hour for Turner in the Forest goal, truth be told.
The hosts will want to turn this dominance into chances soon.
9th min: Jota rises highest to head a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner goalward but it’s not troubling Turner in the Forest goal.
Moments later, Elanga drags a shot wide after being played in behind, but the flag goes up for for offside.
6th min: Liverpool on the front foot from the off here, with Nunez causing plenty of trouble with runs in behind.
No clear cut chances to speak of just yet, but Forest have their backs to the wall.
KICKOFF: Liverpool get the game started!
5 mins to kickoff: Here come the teams at Anfield as we close in on kick-off.
25 mins to kickoff: Wins for Arsenal and Tottenham already this weekend means the scope for movement in the table is limited for Liverpool, who could move one place up to third in the table with a win (perhaps temporarily should Manchester City beat Manchester United later).
For Forest, however, there is a chance to leap as high as 11th – ahead of Chelsea! – with three points at Anfield.
45 mins to kickoff: Jurgen Klopp has spoken about the shocking situation involved Luis Diaz’s parents.
He told BBC Sport: “We had to obviously make a late change because of the private situation involving Luis Diaz.
“It’s a worrying situation for all of us and it was a pretty tough night. I have never had that before. It’s a new experience I never needed.”
1 hr to kickoff: The team news is in! See how both sides line up for this one above.
1.5 hrs to kickoff: Some shocking news emerging this morning from Colombia, where the parents of Liverpool forward Luis Diaz have been kidnapped.
The club have acknowledged the situation in a statement that reads: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm it is aware of an ongoing situation involving the family of Luis Diaz in Colombia. It is our fervent hope that the matter is resolved safely and at the earliest possible opportunity. In the meantime, the player’s welfare will continue to be our immediate priority.”
2 hrs to kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Liverpool vs Nottingham Forest from Anfield. The Reds claimed an entertaining 3-2 win over today’s opponent when the sides last met in April, but willl be out to show they have made progress since what was a largely underwhelming 2022-23 campaign.
Liverpool vs Nottingham Forest predicted lineups, team news
After being injured on Scotland national-team duty recently, Andy Robertson is unavailable for Liverpool and will be out for the foreseeable future. Thiago Alcantara and youngster Stefan Bajcetic are also missing through injury in midfield.
Luis Diaz unsurprisingly misses out due to the ongoing situation with his family, meaning Diogo Jota comes in to start.
Liverpool lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas — Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Gravenberch — Salah, Nunez, Jota.
Forest too are without a number of personnel through injury. Felipe and Gonzalo Montiel are missing in defence, whilst Danilo in unavailable in midfield. Former Liverpool man Taiwo Awoniyi is only able to take a place on the bench.
Nottingham Forest lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Turner (GK) — Aurier, Boly, Niakhate, Murillo, Aina — Gibbs-White, Sangare, Mangala, Dominguez — Elanga.
Liverpool vs Nottingham Forest live stream, TV channel
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