Results from Nottingham Forest vs. Liverpool: Klopp's team is still winless on the road, as Awoniyi haunts his old team

 Results from Nottingham Forest vs. Liverpool: Klopp's team is still winless on the road, as Awoniyi haunts his old team

Results from Nottingham Forest vs. Liverpool: Klopp's team is still winless on the road, as Awoniyi haunts his old team

The Nottingham City Ground After losing 1-0 to Nottingham Forest, Liverpool's winless road streak in the Premier League has grown to five games.


Thiago Alcantara reported having an ear infection and sitting out this game, and Darwin Nunez failed a late fitness test, therefore Jurgen Klopp's day started at 05:15. Three of Liverpool's four best strikers, the same number in midfield, and three of their five strongest defenders were all out due to the team's extensive injury list and some rotation.


However, they had recently won back-to-back games against Manchester City and West Ham United, so they were feeling rather upbeat. However, the absences were felt in a disappointing performance in which there were very few good opportunities.


Forest, who were at the bottom of the standings and had not won in nine games, performed better in the opening period. While the East Midlands club was predictably up for it, cutting into every challenge with vigor and producing quality opportunities on the break, Liverpool dominated possession but the intensity was entirely lacking.


By turning on the style with balls flicked around the corner and searching for the killer through ball, Morgan Gibbs-White displayed his class. He matched it with relentless pursuit, constantly keeping an eye on Liverpool's back seven, and energetic counter-attacking breaks into space. On the opposing flank, the much criticized Serge Aurier dealt with Fabio Carvalho admirably.


The much-needed spring in Liverpool's stride at the start of the second period was quickly put to an end by Taiwo Awoniyi. The player who scored the winning goal against West Ham United here in August, Forest's only other victory this season, duplicated the feat while haunting his former team.


The Nigerian striker was initially viciously brought down on the halfway line by Joe Gomez, just as he appeared to have a clear path to the net. Following the subsequent free kick, the ball was swung low to Awoniyi on the left flank, but his initial shot struck the post. The No. 9 took advantage of the rebound, however, and hit the second shot cleanly.


Brennan Johnson, who finally took over for Awoniyi, had a chance to win the match when Gibbs-White and Cheikhou Kouyate, who both shown great play in central midfield the entire game, teamed to burst down the left and play in the striker. As he did for Ryan Yates later in the proceedings, Alisson denied him as well.


In the dying minutes, Liverpool made a push, especially through three chances for Virgil van Dijk, which raised the legitimate worry that he was their best attacking threat. However, Klopp's team finished up with fewer efforts on target than Forest, who were deserving winners in this Premier League weekend opener.


The three points move Forest up to 19th place, above local rival Leicester City, while Liverpool are 11 points behind leaders Arsenal despite having played one more game.


Live updates on the score and analysis from The Sporting News are available below.

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