Liverpool hit a new low, follow Manchester City win with shock loss to Nottingham Forest

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Newly promoted Nottingham Forest have secured a big win by beating Liverpool 1-0 at the City Ground on Sunday. A single goal from former Liverpool player Taiwo Awoniyi was enough to win for Nottingham Forest as the visitors continued their troubles away from Anfield. While Jurgen Klopp had to deal with injury issues as Darwin Nunez missed the game with a hamstring problem, a bigger issue is at stake as the Reds have only picked up two points away from home all season. .

Playing five away games in the league, they have lost three and drawn two, but nothing shows what a roller coaster this season has been than going through its last six days. Last weekend they defeated mighty Manchester City with a high-energy display that also saw the unstoppable Erling Haaland out of the game before losing to league bottom Nottingham Forest, who kept a clean sheet despite receive the second most goals. in the league this season.

Steve Cooper deserves credit as his Tricky Trees have improved by leaps and bounds since a five match run in which they conceded 18 goals while losing each game. To ease concerns over the arrival of a new manager, the Forest board rewarded Cooper with a new contract and he has repaid his faith in the team by allowing two goals in his last three games and collecting five points to take the total the season to nine. .

Liverpool were lethargic and lacking in consistency, which aligns well with the games Thiago has missed this season. The midfielder was ruled out with an ear infection but has been instrumental in the team’s limited success this season. With Thiago, Liverpool are more capable of driving possession, which led to two clean sheets and victory over City, but without him, the attack has no direction away from the 9-0 victory over Bournemouth.

Harvey Elliott hasn’t been able to offer the same calmness on the ball expected from a young player, but relying on a rarely available midfielder is a problem for Klopp. Even Mohamed Salah looks different himself, and although he took a knock in the 30th minute of the match that saw him receive treatment but continue in the match, he couldn’t get past the defensive duo of Steve Cook and Scott McKenna. .

Dean Henderson excelled by making seven saves during the match to ensure Forest kept a clean sheet, but Liverpool rarely tested the goalkeeper. The attack improved when Trent Alexander-Arnold entered the field, but it was not enough. Champions League Liverpool will need to feature in the Premier League as Salah has five goals in four Champions League games compared to three goals and three assists in 11 Premier League games. In the last five games he has only had one goal and one assist as he has been far off the pace than expected.

The seventh year of Klopp’s terms will continue to emerge as Liverpool struggle through the season, but the German manager has amassed too much credit to be sacked. The team may be in need of an update as it’s clear the intensity it demands demands a lot from the players, making it difficult for older players to keep up, helping to add to Liverpool’s injury list. There’s plenty of time for the Reds to turn it around, but the World Cup break can’t come fast enough.

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