Goals from Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool a comfortable 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest at Anfield on Sunday that lifted the Reds to 23 points, three behind leaders Tottenham.
Jota finished off a quick counter-attack to break the deadlock in the 31st minute and celebrated by holding up the shirt of team mate Luis Diaz, who missed the game following the kidnapping of his parents in his native Colombia. Liverpool's second was a brilliant team goal as they sliced the Forest rearguard apart before Dominik Szoboszlai pulled the ball across the goal for Nunez to turn home.
Salah exploited a dreadful breakdown in communications to round off the scoring in the 77th minute as Forest toiled at Anfield looking entirely out of ideas and with no threat up top amid a string of injuries. Read the game back below with our dedicated match blog.
Liverpool vs Nottingham Forest latest news
GOAL! Salah gets in on the act
GOAL! Nunez fires home from close range
GOAL! Jota opens the scoring for Reds
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95min: That's it! Another routine win.
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93min: Gakpo think he has put a bow on it from close range but he's a good yard offside.
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92min: Elliot just shoots from anywhere doesn't he.
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91min: Four minutes added on.
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90min: Cynical from Sangare to take out Gakpo as he starts a counterattack.
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89min: Alexander-Arnold makes way.
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87min: Gomez is being prepped as Liverpool's final substitution.
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81min: Gakpo has been very busy since coming on. He forces Turner into a low save to his left.
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77min: That settles it! Salah gets in on the act after a spell of Forest pressure.
He's been looking for that all game.
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72min: Liverpool are still firmly on top but Forest showing far more of themselves since the changes.
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69min: Dominguez, Aina and Boly off for Yates, Toffolo and Awoniyi.
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66min: Forest finally look to be switching things up. Triple change incoming.
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63min: Salah tries his luck with a free kick right on the edge of the area, but he can't get it up and down. Still no shot on target for the Egyptian today.
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60min: Elliot with almost an instant impact as he is fed into the area by Salah, but Turner saves well to his left.
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58min: Double change for Liverpool as Jota and Gravenberch are replaced by Gakpo and Elliot.
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54min: Liverpool piling on the pressure again. Salah getting more involved now and really should have tested Turner from the edge of the area but delays too long and is tackled.
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52min: Forest are furious as Elanga looks to have broken through the defence and has a clean run at goal, only to be called back for a foul on Mac Allister.
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48min: Salah does his usual cut-in-on-his-left trick on the edge of the area, but it's high and wide.
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46min: Back underway.
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Almost time for the second half.
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It's been easy street for Liverpool. You wonder what Cooper will do at the break - does he have anything on his bench?
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50min: There's the whistle.
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47min: Gibbs-White tries to find Elanga at the back post but it's well over the forward's head.
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46min: Four minutes added on.
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44min: Van Dijk heads clear. Liverpool break but Nunez concedes a silly foul.
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43min: Forest win their first corner of the game. They need to take advantage...
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40min: Gravenberch and Szoboszlai denied in quick succession. Make that 'it could be six or seven',
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38min: Forest need to do something. This could be four or five.
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35min: Another! Nunez gets in on the act from close range after a smart Szoboszlai cutback.
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31min: It was coming! Salah feeds Nunez to have a shot across the keeper, which Turner parries straight into Jota's path to slot home!
Jota lifts Luis Diaz's shirt in celebration.
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30min: Nunez rises highest to meet the corner, but it's well underneath it. That was a big chance wasted.
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29min: Getting closer. A Forest defender slips to afford Nunez space in the area to pop off a shot at a tight angle, which Turner pushes behind for a corner.
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27min: Salah now tries to find Gravenberch, but again Forest hoof clear inside their own area.
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26min: Liverpool really starting to knock on the door now. Salah almost gets on the end of Jota's flick but Turner gets there first.
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22min: Oof, Sangare has just taken an Alexander-Arnold rocket right in the face. He's going to need some medical attention.
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21min: Forest doing enough to keep Liverpool at bay so far. Just the one attempt on target so far, which was that mistimed Jota header.
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18min: Salah takes a tumble in the area but no one appeals other than him. Play continues and Alexander-Arnold is booked for a wild tackle.
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15min: Mac Allister picks up the ball deep, takes a touch, takes another touch, keeps advancing and then fires a shot about 10 yards wide.
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11min: It's all Liverpool still. Forest have had a couple ventures over the halfway line but both times been caught offside.
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8min: First save of the match as Jota aims a weak header at goal from Alexander-Arnold's corner.
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6min: Liverpool really pushing as Forest try to keep their shape. Mac Allister tries to wriggle through one too many tackles and loses the ball as he enters the penalty area.
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4min: First sight of goal and it falls to the hosts as Salah floats a ball over the top for Nunez, but Forest do enough to put off the tall frontman.
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2min: Liverpool seeing plenty of the ball in the opening stages. Forest sitting back.
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1min: Here we go!
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We will have a minute's silence to remember both Sir Bobby Charlton and Bill Kenwright, who both passed away over the past eight days.
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As 'You'll Never Walk Alone' gets belted out, the sun comes out on Merseyside.
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Here come the players!
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The clocks have gone back and the yellow ball is out. Winter, as some say, is coming.
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It's almost time. The players are back in the dressing rooms.
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Forest have it all to do today.
They have not won since September 3, beating Chelsea like everyone else these days, in a run stretching back to five games.
Before the win at Stamford Bridge, their last away victory came in January. They don't have a recognised striker at Anfield today.
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A peek inside the dressing room as the players go through the final preparations on the pitch.
Steve Cooper on Chris Wood injury
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"Woody unfortunately picked up a hamstring injury and is going to be out for a little while. We have no recognised striker in the starting XI and it's not ideal in terms of attacking options."
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Darwin Nunez keeps his starting spot with Luis Diaz not involved today. Youngsters Luke Chambers and James McConnell are on the bench for Liverpool.
It's two changes for Forest as Moussa Niakhate and Ola Aina come in.
Jurgen Klopp on Luis Diaz
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"We had to obviously make a late change because of the private situation involving Luis Diaz. It's a worrying situation for all of us and it was a pretty tough night.
"I have never had that before. It's a new experience I never needed."
Teams in full
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Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Gravenberch, Salah, Nunez, Jota
Subs: Gomez, Endo, Adrian, Gakpo, Elliott, Matip, Chambers, McConnell, Kelleher
Nottingham Forest: Turner, Aina, Aurier, Boly, Niakhate, Murillo, Gibbs-White, Sangare, Mangala, Dominguez, Elanga
Subs: Tavares, Worrall, Williams, Kouyate, Awoniyi, Santos, Toffolo, Yates, Vlachodimos
Nottingham Forest XI
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...and the visitors.
— Nottingham Forest (@NFFC) October 29, 2023
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Here's how the hosts look.
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Team news is imminent. Has Darwin Nunez earned another start?
'Salah has evolved'
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Mohamed Salah's role at Liverpool has evolved significantly, Jurrgen Klopp has said.
Salah netted his 43rd goal in Europe for Liverpool in Thursday's 5-1 win over Toulouse in the Europa League, the most scored by any player for an English club. He has nine goals and four assists in all competitions this season.
The 31-year-old is five goals short of 200 for Liverpool and Klopp explained how the former AS Roma forward adapted from a speedy winger to a clever interpreter of space to benefit his team mates.
"The young Mo was a super-fast player who could go in behind... Here, from the first day he had to do different things. He adapted extremely well," Klopp told reporters on Friday.
"The playmaker in that front row was probably more Bobby (Firmino) setting things up and you don't need then two players who are a bit deeper -- it's not that good anyway because you need players in the box.
"Now it's slightly different, especially with Darwin (Nunez) when he's playing, we have another speed player up there. So that changed Mo's position, definitely, and he is smart enough to adapt to all these different things."
Luis Diaz latest
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Liverpool have confirmed an "ongoing situation involving the family of Luis Diaz" amid reports the forward's parents were kidnapped in Colombia.
Colombia's president has said Diaz's mother "has been rescued" but his father remains missing.
"Liverpool Football Club can confirm it is aware of an ongoing situation involving the family of Luis Diaz in Colombia," read a club statement.
"It is our fervent hope that the matter is resolved safely and at the earliest possible opportunity. In the meantime, the player's welfare will continue to be our immediate priority."
Colombia president Gustavo Petro said on X, formerly known as Twitter: "In an operation in Barrancas, Luis Diaz's mother has been rescued, we continue the search for the father."
The country's football federation said in a statement that the kidnapping was regrettable and urged authorities to rescue Diaz's father.
"The Colombian Football Federation rejects the security situation that the parents of our player Luis Diaz are going through," they said.
"From the FCF we express our solidarity with him and his entire family and we call for the relevant authorities to act as quickly as possible to resolve the situation."
Forest team news
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Nottingham Forest have a doubt over winger Anthony Elanga, who is touch and go due to illness.
There are a number of injuries, with Taiwo Awoniyi, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Danilo and Gonzalo Montiel all sidelined.
Liverpool vs Nottingham Forest prediction
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That controversial defeat at Tottenham is the only time Liverpool have been beaten this season.
Their forward players can cause the Forest backline huge problems here and while Premier League clean sheets have been relatively rare for the Reds, the expected absence of Awoniyi should make the task a much simpler one for the Liverpool defence.
Liverpool to win, 3-0
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Predicted Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Gravenberch; Salah, Nunez, Jota
Liverpool team news
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There are doubts over whether Luis Diaz will be involved today.
Liverpool are supporting Diaz after what they have described as an “ongoing situation” involving his family.
The Associated Press news agency reported that his parents were kidnapped on Saturday.
Colombian president Gustavo Petro said on social media that his mother had been found in Barrancas but his father was still missing.
Liverpool remain without Curtis Jones as the midfielder serves the final match of his three-game suspension for his red card at Tottenham.
Andy Robertson will be out for three months following shoulder surgery.
Without Robertson, Konstantinos Tsimikas is expected to start at left-back in a mostly unchanged XI from last weekend's Merseyside derby over Everton.
Ryan Gravenberch is likely continue alongside fellow impactful summer signings Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister in midfield.
Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic and Ben Doak are all still out.
How to watch?
11:35 , Alex Young
Think twice before reaching for the remote looking for action from Anfield today.
It will not be shown live on TV as Sky Sports have not picked it for broadcast.
Liverpool vs Nottingham was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 27 and not selected to be shown on TV. Rules state that a match originally not picked for broadcast cannot then be put on TV if the timeslot is moved.
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Good afternoon and welcome to the Standard's LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.
The Reds are looking to end a successful week on a high with a third win in eight days. Nottingham Forest need to record their first win at Anfield in 45 years to stop that happening.
Kick-off at Anfield is at 2pm GMT. Stick with us.