Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool: What did Jurgen Klopp make about Liverpool’s dramatic late win?

The only strike of the match came through a Darwin Nunez header from Alexis Mac Allister's cross in the 99th minute.

File photo of Liverpool players celebrating a goal; Credit: Twitter/ @LFC
By Karthik Raman | Mar 4, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Liverpool did what they do best by getting a late winner to break the hearts of Nottingham Forest in an action-packed Premier League contest. Even though the supporters had to wait till the dying minutes to get the first goal of the game, a lot was happening in the contest throughout the regulation time. The only strike of the match came through a Darwin Nunez header from Alexis Mac Allister’s cross in the 99th minute.

The late winner resulted in joy and despair from both sets of supporters. At full-time, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed his delight with the dramatic Premier League win at Nottingham Forest. Asked how important that late winner might be in the season, Klopp, quoted on the club’s website, said at his post-match press conference, “We will see that. It was, it is so important the goal which gives you three points. It’s always super-decisive and, especially for him, super-deserved.”

We didn’t start particularly well: Jurgen Klopp

He added: “Game No.4 in 11 days is always difficult. With our squad situation, it’s super-difficult. We didn’t start particularly well, it was obvious, but we had no real rhythm – that was the problem a little bit. Not really fluent, these kind of things, you have to play quick against a defensive block, you have to play in the right spaces, we had too many players behind the ball – normal football things – and created anyway then a few chances, not the biggest ones. But we had a few chances which showed us how we can do it.”

Klopp then spoke about the second half and how challenging the contest became in the end for them. Apart from praising his side’s defending, he lauded the cross from Mac Allister and the finish from Nunez. “And then second half, the game gets more and more difficult, opponents fighting for the result, bring on Taiwo [Awoniyi who is] a real handful and a proper target player for counter-attacks, [Anthony] Elanga and [Callum] Hudson-Odoi around him, [Morgan] Gibbs-White now with the space there – that’s really tricky,” he explained.

He added: “We defended that exceptional in the last moment with the four in the back and Caoimh [Kelleher] and Wataru [Endo] from a specific moment on. So, the game is open, that means you can win it and obviously Macca had an idea after 98 minutes. A wonderful ball, [a] really wonderful piece of football and Darwin is there and scores the goal. A really cool afternoon for us in the end.”

‘How the boys fought through that is really special’

Keeping in mind their recent fixture schedule, Klopp is extremely delighted with the win. “Four games in 11 days, come on. Five in 15. It’s really tough. It’s tough anyway, but with our squad situation it’s super-tough. How the boys fought through that is really special. That we don’t come here today and just play them out of the stadium and they don’t find the exit anymore and stuff like this, that was clear. The fourth game was the toughest,” he stated.

He added: “It was really an unbelievable effort. The boys put in a proper, proper shift. We had to fight through this and the boys did it and if it’s 0-0, it’s 0-0. That doesn’t change the game, that doesn’t change the effort, but the goal obviously changed the result, the points and these kind of things. For us, it’s super-important today and I’m really happy with that. So, now we have a few days longer until the next game. We need that to recharge and then we can train properly as well, which is helpful.”

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