Match Repor: Liverpool Cut Down Forest 3-0

29th October 2023

Diogo Jota and Darwin Núñez scored in the first half while Mohamed Salah scored in an empty net in the second as Liverpool earned a fairly comfortable 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest Sunday afternoon at Anfield. Liverpool were so dominant, that Forest only recorded a single shot on goal which came deep in stoppage time.

First Half

Liverpool had the first chance of the game but was denied by Matt Turner. In the 8th minute, the Reds earned a corner but the cross was claimed. The Reds continued to dominate possession as Alexis Mac Allister fired a shot from a distance, but it went wide.

Trent Alexander- Arnold was booked for a yellow card inside 20 minutes and then had a powerful shot blocked. Liverpool earned another corner in the 25th minute, but they could not score from the set piece. Núñez forced Turner into another save a the half-hour mark, but in the 31st minute, the Reds struck on the counter-attack. Turner made the initial save on a Núñez shot, but was first to the ball, sending the rebound for a 1-0 lead,

The Reds doubled that advantage a few minutes later, in the 35th minute, as Núñez got his goal thanks to an assist from Dominik Szoboszlia. and Szoboszlia forced saves from Turner in the 40th minute as Liverpool had to settle for the 2-0 halftime lead

Second Half

Salah tried a shot early in the second half, but he mis-hit the chance. Liverpool earned a free kick in the 52nd minute, but they could not capitalize on a scramble in the box. Salah forced another Turner save moments later.

Harvey Elliott came on the pitch as a sub in the 60th minute and made an immediate impact with a shot that was deflected out for a corner. Salah sent a free kick over the bar. The Reds kept the pressure on with yet another corner in the 66th minute, but the resulting shot from Elliott was high.

From that point, Liverpool seemed to be content holding the ball in possession. Nottingham Forest threatened with a deep throw-in, but once the danger was dealt with Liverpool struck. Szoboszlai spotted Salah running down the pitch. Turner came way off his line and Salah cut around him and finished in the empty net for a 3-0 in the 77th minute. 

Forest got one of their few shots in the 85th minute, but Anthoney Elanga hit the bar. Former Red delivered a nice corner moments later, but Alisson claimed the cross. Cody Gakpo appeared to have scored in stoppage time, but it was chalked off after a VAR review. As a result, Liverpool settled for a 3-0 .

Streaks Continue

The victory meant the continuation of several important streaks for Liverpool. Nottingham Forest have not won at since 1969. has now either scored or assisted in a record 14 straight EPL matches. He also becomes just the third player in club history to score in five straight home matches to start a season. Diogo Jota has now scored 6 goals in 5 matches vs Nottingham Forest, the first coming when he was with Wolves when both sides were in the Championship.

A Helping Hand

came into the match still searching for his first assist in a Liverpool shirt. Now he has two. His first came from a tough angle as he squeezed the ball through to Nunez in the box and he also showed his accuracy as he laid the ball right in the path of Salah for the third goal.

Taking A Look At The Table

With the win, Liverpool are just three points off the pace at the top of the table with 23, just behind Tottenham and Arsenal. They also have the second-best goal difference in the EPL at +15.

LFC Globe Verdict

This is about as comfortable as a win can be in the . Liverpool controlled nearly 80 percent of the possession and Forest only recorded a single shot on goal. Forest are a better team than last year so that stat is impressive. It was also good to see Darwin Núñez put a shot in the back of the net after having several hit the post in the last match. In all, this is probably the most complete performance the Reds have had all year.

Man Of The Match

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) chats with Liverpool's Hungarian midfielder #08 Dominik Szoboszlai (L) after the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on October 29, . Liverpool won the game 3-0. (Photo by Ian Hodgson / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by IAN HODGSON/AFP via Getty Images)

I know the honour usually goes to a goal-scorer, but Dominik Szoboszlai bossed the pitch all day long. He showed good vision on both of his assists and kept working his way into dangerous areas.

What's Next

Liverpool will begin their FA/Carbao Cup journey on Wednesday, November 1st at Bournemouth. Kickoff is set for 19:45 GMT.



  1. Diogo Jota 31' 
  2. Darwin Nunez 35'
  3. Mohamed Salah 77'

Nottingham Forest 

  • None



  1. for Diogo Jota 58'
  2. for Ryan Gravenberch 59'
  3. Wataru Endo for Darwin Núñez 80' 
  4. Joe Gomez for 89'

Nottingham Forest

  1. Harry Toffolo for Ola Aina 69'
  2. Taiwo Awoniyi for Willy Boly 69'
  3. Ryan Yates for Nicolas Dominguez 69'
  4. Andrey Santos for Orel Mangala 83'
  5. Neco Williams for Morgan Gibbs-White 83'
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