Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool received “for our brother” Luis Diaz after claiming victory over Nottingham Forest “in probably the most troublesome of circumstances” at Anfield.
Diogo Jota, surrounded by his team-mates, held up the Colombia participant’s quantity seven shirt after firing the Reds right into a Thirty first-minute lead when Matt Turner turned Darwin Nunez’s try into the Portuguese ahead’s path.
“The most effective factor we might do is win the sport for our brother,” Klopp instructed Match of the Day afterwards.
“We performed the sport in probably the most troublesome circumstances I’ve ever had. After greater than 1,000 video games [as a manager] you’d suppose you’ve got skilled every little thing.
“Nevertheless it’s not about us. All of us pray that every little thing will likely be superb. The one factor we might do is battle for our brother and that is what they (the gamers) did. The boys fought for his or her brother.”
Jota mentioned the choice to carry up Diaz’s shirt after scoring was “to indicate we’re with him” in an “unimaginable state of affairs”.
“Luis was with us within the resort [before the game] then he went residence,” he added to MOTD.
“He was going to play. I performed as a substitute of him and I confirmed him his shirt to indicate we’re with him and we hope every little thing works out.”
Liverpool had been dominant and, after Jota’s opener, Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez doubled the benefit 4 minutes later together with his sixth membership aim of the marketing campaign after a cutback by the spectacular Dominik Szoboszlai.
Forest’s depressing day was full when Turner and substitute Harry Toffolo obtained in a tangle, permitting Mohamed Salah to turn out to be solely the third participant in Liverpool’s historical past to attain in every of the opening 5 residence league matches of a season.
Klopp’s facet are fourth is the desk, three factors behind leaders Tottenham, whereas Forest, who failed to noticeably take a look at Liverpool keeper Alisson, are sixteenth, 5 factors above the relegation zone.
Salah landmark as Reds hold focus
Liverpool followers chanted the title of Diaz, who joined for an preliminary £37.5m in January 2022, as their workforce maintained their 100% residence profitable run within the league.
The 26-year-old had been because of play earlier than information emerged on the eve of the match about his dad and mom.
The late change didn’t disrupt the Reds on the pitch, nevertheless, with Klopp’s workforce having now gone a yr with out shedding at residence within the league.
Liverpool completed a distant 22 factors behind champions Manchester Metropolis final season. With greater than 1 / 4 of this season gone, they’re proving far more of a risk close to the highest of the desk.
However for Forest keeper Turner, they’d have received by a extra good-looking margin as he made superb saves to disclaim summer season signings Ryan Gravenberch and Szoboszlai.
However Turner was then concerned within the error that led to Salah making it 3-0 within the 77th minute and claiming his 145th Premier League aim for Liverpool.
Turner was effectively exterior his space when Szoboszlai launched the ball ahead from his personal half, with the in-form Salah making the most of the mix-up between the keeper and Toffolo to attain his tenth Liverpool aim in all competitions this season.
The Egypt ahead joined Harry Chambers (1922) and John Aldridge (1987) in reaching the feat of scoring in every of the opening 5 residence league matches of a season.
Annoyed Forest cannot finish Anfield hoodoo
Forest’s lengthy watch for a win at Anfield, which they final achieved in 1969, goes on after harm disadvantaged them of fielding a recognised striker of their beginning XI.
Taiwo Awoniyi and Chris Wooden have scored six of their workforce’s 10 targets this season, however Awoniyi – on Liverpool’s books earlier than becoming a member of Union Berlin in 2021 after a mortgage spell in Germany – began on the bench after a groin downside, whereas Wooden was dominated out with a hamstring difficulty.
With Callum Hudson-Odoi and former Reds participant Divock Origi additionally lacking by harm, it was left to winger Anthony Elanga and midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White to steer a makeshift assault.
They solely severely threatened after Liverpool had established a 3-0 lead, with Elanga hitting the woodwork within the closing phases earlier than volleying an excellent likelihood over.
Turner’s error solely compounded Cooper’s distress with Forest now with out a aim in three away video games.
“It is irritating,” he mentioned. “The concept was to maintain the pitch as small as you may. Whenever you open up the pitch that is when Liverpool are at their most harmful.
“We have a look at the targets and suppose, ‘we must always’ve completed higher’.”
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- 4van Dijk
- 10Mac AllisterBooked at 58mins
- 38GravenberchSubstituted forElliottat 59′minutes
- 9NúñezSubstituted forEndoat 80′minutes
- 20JotaSubstituted forGakpoat 58′minutes
- 30BolySubstituted forAwoniyiat 69′minutes
- 40Santiago Costa dos Santos
- 43AinaSubstituted forToffoloat 69′minutes
- 10Gibbs-WhiteSubstituted forN Williamsat 83′minutes
- 5MangalaBooked at 33minsSubstituted forNascimento dos Santosat 83′minutes
- 6SangaréBooked at 90mins
- 16DomínguezBooked at 52minsSubstituted forYatesat 69′minutes
- 7N Williams
- 12Nascimento dos Santos
- Chris Kavanagh
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Match ends, Liverpool 3, Nottingham Forest 0.
Second Half ends, Liverpool 3, Nottingham Forest 0.
Try saved. Anthony Elanga (Nottingham Forest) proper footed shot from the left facet of the field is saved within the backside left nook. Assisted by Ibrahim Sangaré.
VAR Determination: No Objective Liverpool 3-0 Nottingham Forest.
GOAL OVERTURNED BY VAR: Cody Gakpo (Liverpool) scores however the aim is dominated out after a VAR assessment.
Offside, Liverpool. Harvey Elliott tries a by ball, however Cody Gakpo is caught offside.
Try missed. Harvey Elliott (Liverpool) left footed shot from exterior the field is just too excessive.
Ibrahim Sangaré (Nottingham Forest) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Cody Gakpo (Liverpool) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Ibrahim Sangaré (Nottingham Forest).
Try blocked. Ibrahim Sangaré (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the field is blocked.
Try blocked. Ibrahim Sangaré (Nottingham Forest) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked.
Nook, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Alisson Becker.
Substitution, Liverpool. Joe Gomez replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Try missed. Anthony Elanga (Nottingham Forest) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is excessive and broad to the best. Assisted by Neco Williams with a cross.
Try missed. Andrey Santos (Nottingham Forest) proper footed shot from exterior the field is excessive and broad to the best following a nook.
Nook, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kostas Tsimikas.
Cody Gakpo (Liverpool) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest).
Anthony Elanga (Nottingham Forest) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left facet of the six yard field. Assisted by Ryan Yates with a cross.