|Liverpool needs a win to stay close to the leaders while Forest hopes to steer clear of the relegation zone, it will be a key battle on Sunday. (Photo credit: 90Mins)|
Liverpool has just one job here: to beat Nottingham Forest and move within three points of league leaders Tottenham Hotspur, who won at Palace on Friday night, to steer clear.
News broke out yesterday that Liverpool star Luis Diaz’s parents were kidnapped in Colombia, and that may have unsettled the Liverpool camp, but there’s good news: the local police authority in the province can confirm that they have been released and normalcy has returned.
Nottingham Forest is rolling with the yoyo clubs. Kumbaya is on and off the pitch, but points are struggling to show up. There was no single win in five games, but the positive ones would say there was only one—the one at Manchester City in that run.
Four points from a possible fifteen is premium relegation form, but Forest was here last season. They endured a torrid time due to squad imbalance but were able to manage fixtures and survived relegation conveniently in the end.
Liverpool must be wary of their visitors’ antics. They just want to draw a game, and if the Kops want to win this, they have to impose themselves early. With back-to-back wins for Liverpool and no loss since the tempestuous game at Tottenham, it’s Liverpool’s game to lose.
Not many enjoy trips to Anfield and Forest will know that. Callum Hudson Odoi has joined the injury list and he’s not expected to return until December; Taiwo Awoniyi will not be back until next month too but Jurgen Klopp is hoping Divock Origi is fit enough feature so he can get some ovation from the fans.
Andy Robertson is a long-term absentee, Curtis Jones serves his last ban and Thiago Alcantara continues to heal so, Liverpool is expected to feature Mohammed Salah, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez upfront but Cody Gakpo could also be on the bench for the game.
Both sides will aim for victory, but there won’t be many stories in the news if Liverpool wins; it’s the visitors that will generate the buzz if they earn anything from the game. After seeing victories for Tottenham and Arsenal, Liverpool must aim to join them.
Salah continues to deliver the goods, and Nunez is beginning to find his feet. Supplies from the midfield of Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai are set to face heavy hitters and runners from the Forest side; it would be a huge battle.