Nottingham Forest 1-0 Liverpool: Taiwo Awoniyi scores against former club

Nottingham Forest started the day at the bottom of the Premier League

Nottingham Forest put in a superb performance to stun Liverpool and climb off the bottom of the Premier League at a raucous City Ground.

Taiwo Awoniyi, who left Liverpool in 2021 without making a competitive appearance, struck the winner from distance after his initial effort was deflected off the post.

Liverpool were far from their best – they wasted their best chance Virgil van Dijk – and remain winless in the league away from home this season.

Forest could have won with the better side, Morgan Gibbs-White’s effort was deflected before substitute Brennan Johnson was denied by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.

There were encouraging scenes on and off the pitch in the final round as Forest enjoyed their best day since returning to the top flight this season after a 23-year absence.

Go deep into the forest to achieve the famous victory

Forest have endured a difficult start to their first season in the Premier League, but it was a day to remember as they thoroughly deserved victory over a flat Liverpool.

As Forest moved into the bottom of the table with Leicester’s win over Leeds on Thursday, boss Steve Cooper will be hoping for a season-changing victory.

Despite his struggles since winning promotion, Forest handed Cooper a new contract this month until 2025.

While Bournemouth, Chelsea, Wolves and Aston Villa have sacked their managers, Forest have decided to be patient with theirs and have now picked up four points from their last two games.

Forest took the game to Liverpool from the first whistle and, by the time referee Paul Tierney blew for full-time, they were on the ground.

They have made a habit of taking advantage this season – especially when they trailed Bournemouth 2-0 when they lost 3-2 – but held off Liverpool’s frantic late pressure to claim a famous victory.

Three of their next five league games are against Arsenal (away), Manchester United (away) and Chelsea (home), but this memorable win will give them confidence.

Liverpool’s season takes a step back

Manager Jürgen Klopp will be asked questions about Liverpool’s poor display. It could have been worse for the visitors but Johnson hit the post in the dying moments after Alisson was well off his line.

Liverpool looked set to get back into some form of form with a win over Rangers in the Champions League, followed by Premier League victories over Manchester City and West Ham.

This, however, was a million miles away from the incredible victory over City six days ago.

Trent Alexander-Arnold came close to rescuing a point near the end, but the result was slow ahead of the trip to Amsterdam for their Champions League clash with Ajax.

On a day when Liverpool’s season was set back, Klopp will be looking to improve a lot on Wednesday.

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  1. Group number1Player nameHenderson

  2. Group number24Player nameearlier

  3. Group number3Player nameS to the cook

  4. Group number26Player nameMcKenna

  5. Group number7Player nameN Williams

  6. Group number22Player nameYates

  7. Group number23Player nameFreuler

  8. Group number21Player nameKouyate

  9. Group number10Player nameGibbs-White

  10. Group number9Player nameAwoniyi

  11. Group number11Player nameLingard

  1. Group number4Player nameWorrall

  2. Group number5Player nameMangala

  3. Group number20Player nameJohnson

  4. Group number32Player nameRenan Lodi


  1. Group number14Player nameHenderson
  2. Group number15Player nameOxlade-Chamberlain
  3. Group number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold

The eleven

Nottm Forest

training 4-3-3

  • 1Henderson
  • 24earlier
  • 3S to the cook
  • 26McKenna
  • 7N Williamsreplaced byLodi dos Santosin 73′minutes
  • 22Yates
  • 23FreulerBooked in 89 minutes
  • 21Kouyatereplaced byMangalain 80′minutes
  • 10Gibbs-White
  • 9Awoniyireplaced byWorrallin 64′minutesBooked in 88 minutes
  • 11Lingardreplaced byJohnsonin 64′minutes


  • 2Biancone
  • 4Worrall
  • 5Mangala
  • 13Hennessey
  • 16Surridge
  • 20Johnson
  • 25Dennis
  • 30Boly
  • 32Lodi dos Santos


training 4-4-2

  • 1Alisson
  • 7Milnerreplaced byAlexander-Arnoldin 62′minutes
  • 2GómezBooked in 54 minutes
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 19Elliott
  • 3Fabinho
  • 17Jones
  • 28Freitas Gouveia Carvalhoreplaced byHendersonin 62′minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 9Firminoreplaced byOxlade-Chamberlainin 76′minutes


  • 13adrián
  • 14Henderson
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 42Clark
  • 43from Bajce
  • 47Phillips
  • 62Kelleher
  • 66Alexander-Arnold

Paul Tierney


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