Nottingham Forest v Liverpool: Premier League – live | Premier League


Key events

16 min Liverpool have had 74 per cent of the possession so far. Most of it has been in harmless areas though.

13 min “Re: Stephen Carr at 6 mins,” says John Burrell. “To be fair, Thiago did have a note from his mum.”

Yeah but so did Carlos Kaiser.

11 min Forest break three-on-three. Gibbs-White finds Lingard, who overruns the ball and is dispossessed by Gomez. The poor lad is really struggling at the moment.

10 min Milner swings a corner into the middle, where Firmino pulls away from Cook and heads just wide of the far post. That was an excellent chance.

9 min: Good save from Henderson! Elliott moseys infields from the right and wedges a terrific 40-yard pass over the Forest defence. Carvalho pulls it down beautifully on the run and flicks a shot that is blocked at close range by Henderson.

Nottingham Forest's Dean Henderson saves a shot from Liverpool's Fabio Carvalho.
Nottingham Forest’s Dean Henderson saves a shot from Liverpool’s Fabio Carvalho. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

8 min This has been a decent start from Forest, who have kept Liverpool at arm’s length. Eight down, 82 to go.

6 min “Thiago adding illness to his litany of absence reasons,” says Stephen Carr. “I think we are going to have to get HR involved.”

5 min Aurier is fouled by Jones, which allows Forest to send the big men forward. Gibbs-White’s free-kick is headed away by van Dijk.

3 min Lots of early possession for Liverpool, though Forest are snapping around in midfield when they get the opportunity.

2 min Apparently Thiago Alcantara is unwell, not injured, which I suppose is good news for Liverpool. He could be back for the trip to Amsterdam in the week.

1 min Peep peep! Forest kick off from left to right as we watch.

The players stroll out of the tunnel on a pleasant afternoon in Nottingham. The home fans are making their usual racket. The atmosphere is fantastic.

“Hi Rob,” says Simon Payne. “How many games must there have been when both right backs wear #7? Perhaps this comment was more interesting in my head.”

Not at all – it has allowed me to demonstrate some truly loathsome pedantry by pointing out that Neco Williams, Forest’s No7, will probably play at left-back.

Jurgen Klopp will be on the touchline today. He’s accepted an FA charge of losing the noggin but will not receive his punishment until next week.

Team news

Forest make two changes from the midweek draw at Brighton. The former Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi and Cheikhou Kouyate replace Brennan Johnson and Orel Mangala.

Liverpool are without the injured pair of Darwin Nunez and Thiago Alcantara. They’re replaced by Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones, which probably means Mo Salah will play up front. Fabinho is in for Jordan Henderson and Jurgen Klopp has also changed both full-backs.

Nottingham Forest (4-3-3) Henderson; Aurier, McKenna, Cook, Williams; Yates, Freuler, Kouyate; Gibbs-White, Awoniyi, Lingard.
Substitutes: Hennessey, Biancone, Worrall, Boly, Lodi, Mangala, Surridge, Johnson, Dennis.

Liverpool (4-2-3-1) Alisson; Milner, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Jones; Elliott, Firmino, Carvalho; Salah.
Substitutes: Adrian, Kelleher, Tsimikas, Bajcetic, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Clark.

Referee Paul Tierney.

Preamble

Hello and welcome to live coverage of Nottingham Forest v Liverpool at the City Ground. For a couple of years at the end of the 1970s, this was the biggest game in English football. Forest won the League Cup final and dethroned Liverpool as European champions; Liverpool ended Forest’s record 42-game unbeaten run and took their league title.

The game has a different identity now, but it still feels like a biggie. Forest have improved defensively, conceding only two in their last three games, but what they need now is a famous victory to kickstart their season. Liverpool will hope that the win over Manchester City last weekend was their catalyst. They followed up with another 1-0 victory over West Ham in midweek, and today they are chasing their first away win in the league this season. Liverpool are seven points behind City, so a title challenge is not completely beyond the realms. All they can do is keep winning, and see where it takes them.

Kick off 12.30pm.