Liverpool claimed a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest at Anfield on Saturday, thanks to goals from Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah.
The match saw an action-packed second half, with Forest levelling twice through former Liverpool defender Neco Williams and Morgan Gibbs-White, both goals coming from long throw-ins.
However, Liverpool accepted the gifts of Forest’s self-destructive streak at set-pieces and scored three goals to secure their 100th home league win of Jürgen Klopp’s reign.
Forest’s Inability to Defend Set-Pieces
Despite their win, Klopp was left frustrated with his side’s defensive performance against a team who have the second-worst attacking record in the league. Liverpool’s dominance of possession failed to translate into clear-cut opportunities, and set-pieces were their greatest threat all afternoon. Klopp said, “All this chaos around the throw-ins you have to try to avoid. Too many situations, we couldn’t clear properly but apart from that I am really pleased.”
Forest manager Steve Cooper was left a picture of simmering frustration, as his team suffered their 11th game without a win, leaving them second from bottom in the league table.
Cooper rued his side’s inability to defend set-pieces, which cost them three goals, and said, “The result and conceding three again add to the negative run we are on. But looking at the game in isolation, the huge frustration for me is we have conceded three goals from set pieces. They were all really avoidable.”
Overall, the match provided a thrilling spectacle for fans, with end-to-end entertainment, terrible defending, and a flurry of goals. While Liverpool will be relieved to have secured the win, they will need to tighten up their defence if they hope to challenge for a top-four spot, while Forest will need to address their set-piece vulnerabilities if they hope to avoid relegation.