Liverpool will be looking to build on their recent thrashing of Leeds United when they host Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
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Have Liverpool finally turned a corner?
After watching his team demolish Leeds 6-1 on Monday, Jurgen Klopp will certainly hope so. But the Reds have had more than their fair share of false dawns this season.
Nevertheless, it would be churlish to withhold praise for the way Liverpool dismantled their hosts at Elland Road last time out.
True, there are serious question marks over the mental fortitude of Javi Gracia’s men, who also collapsed in a 5-1 shellacking by Crystal Palace the previous week.
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But Liverpool produced the type of slick, incisive attacking display which has been all too rare in their away games this term.
They will fancy their chances of registering another handsome victory at Anfield this weekend, as Nottingham Forest make their first trip to the stadium since 1998.
They lost 5-1 on that occasion and many of the club’s supporters will be fearing another heavy defeat by Liverpool, who have been beaten just once on home turf all season.
Forest have the worst away record in the Premier League and head into this fixture on the back of a 10-game winless streak.
Currently 18th, Steve Cooper’s side are below the dreaded dotted line on goal difference alone but they have lost form at precisely the worst time.
This looks set to be another difficult afternoon for Forest, who are now the second-favourites to go down behind Southampton.
Liverpool vs Nottingham Forest betting tips
Liverpool should prove too strong for Nottingham Forest, who have had very little joy on the road this season.
Liverpool to win both halves – 6/5 (bet365)
Leeds remain the only visiting team to have won at Anfield in any domestic competition this season.
Liverpool have been a shadow of their former selves for most of the 2022/23 campaign, but their home form has held up reasonably well.
No team in the division has lost fewer games in front of their own fans, while only Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have averaged more points per game than the Reds at their respective stadiums.
We saw recently that Anfield remains a very difficult place to go for opposing sides. Arsenal stormed into an early 2-0 lead on their visit a fortnight ago, but the Reds came roaring back to draw 2-2. On the balance of chances created, Arsenal were fortunate to escape with a point.
Forest will thus arrive at Anfield more in hope than expectation. He would never admit it publicly, but Cooper would probably not be too disappointed with a slender defeat.
He might not be so lucky, though. Liverpool were fantastic against Leeds and they have a full complement of attacking players available again.
Luis Diaz is unlikely to start on Saturday, but his presence on the bench – alongside that of Darwin Nunez and Roberto Firmino – means Liverpool have plenty of quality options in reserve.
Liverpool to win to nil – 5/6 (bet365)
Forest fans were daring to dream of a second successive season in the Premier League around two and a half months ago.
They still might survive, of course, but their position now is a great deal more precarious than it was back in early February, when a 1-0 defeat of Leeds lifted them up to 13th place.
Forest have not won another match since then, and they have been particularly poor on the road.
No team in England’s top flight has collected fewer points on their travels than Forest, who have accumulated just six from a possible 45.
Their solitary success came against Southampton at St Mary’s, while they have scored just five times in 15 matches at rival grounds and failed to find the net in 10 of those encounters.
If Forest are relegated to the Championship, it will be because they did not perform well enough away from the City Ground.
The run-in looks daunting from that perspective, with trips to Liverpool, Brentford, Chelsea and Crystal Palace to come.
Forest have too often posed too little threat away from home and a clean sheet should be within Liverpool’s grasp here.
Diogo Jota to score any time – 21/20 (bet365)
Like the aforementioned Diaz, Diogo Jota has spent a fair amount of time on the treatment table this term.
The Portugal international has made only 14 Premier League appearances to date, and just eight of those came from the start of matches.
But Jota looks to have rediscovered his sharpness. He scored twice against Leeds to end a barren run in front of goal which dates all the way back to April 2022.
After his impressive showing at Elland Road, Jota should keep his place in the XI for the visit of Nottingham Forest.
His versatility is appreciated by Klopp, who can use the former Wolverhampton Wanderers forward in any of the three attacking berths in Liverpool’s system.
The left is his preferred position but Jota can fill in through the middle if necessary, as he has done to great effect at times in his Anfield career.
Mohamed Salah is, as ever, Liverpool’s likeliest goal-getter, but the odds available on Jota look attractive after his return to scoring form last time out.
How to watch Liverpool vs Nottingham Forest
- Location: Anfield, Liverpool, England.
- Date and time: Saturday 22 April 2023, 3pm.
- How to watch: Not being shown live in the UK.
Greg Lea is a freelance football writer from London. He predominantly covers the Premier League and has had work published by the Guardian, FourFourTwo, ESPN and others.
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