Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool: What helped the Reds maintain the belief and keep going till the end? Alexis Mac Allister responds

The Reds grabbed the late winner through a Darwin Nunez’s header following a delightful cross from Alexis Mac Allister.

Alexis Mac Allister with Liverpool FC; Credit: Twitter@LFC
By Karthik Raman | Mar 5, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Liverpool scored from one of the last kicks of the game to beat Nottingham Forest in a crucial Premier League contest at the weekend. The Reds grabbed the late winner through a Darwin Nunez’s header following a delightful cross from Alexis Mac Allister. The 99th-minute strike sparked wild celebrations from the visiting supporters, while home fans were left in sorrow. The hosts produced a great fight and even created some threatening moments.

However, Nottingham Forest were not able to force their way to get the breakthrough and it proved costly with Liverpool scoring the late winner. After the final whistle, Alexis Mac Allister was happy in the manner they won the Premier League fixture. “So, a special day for us. To win it like that is not easy, we came to a tough place. In that moment I knew it was the last minute and I just had to put it in [the box]. Then Darwin did the rest. As always, he’s an important player for us. He’s back, so we are very happy,” the Argentine international, quoted on the club’s website, said after the match.

Really important to be always positive: Alexis Mac Allister

Mac Allister then went on to name the key reason behind their ability to keep going till the end – positivity. He spoke about the role the leaders in the group played to maintain that belief. “I think everyone could see that we were always positive. You could see Virgil [van Dijk] and our leaders always keeping the team very positive, and that’s very important to keep going until the end. We are a very good team, a very good group with nice players on and off the pitch. That’s really important to be always positive,” he said.

The Argentine international explained how tough it is to play in such an environment and stated that there are no easy games in the English top flight. Asked how difficult a match it was, he replied, “It was very difficult. In the first half we needed to make runs in behind, we didn’t do it. Then second half, we did it a little bit more. We know there is no easy game in the Premier League, this is a tough place, you can see the atmosphere. So, very happy because it’s three points and now we move on and we think about Thursday.”

Next up for Liverpool in the Premier League is a home game against Manchester City. The win on Saturday means the Reds will go into that fixture ahead of the defending champions in the table. Asked how big of a psychological advantage that could be, the midfielder replied, “Well, I don’t think it means that much. It’s just one game. We know that they are a very good team, they are second. But Arsenal are there, there are a lot of teams there. It will be a great battle, that’s for sure, and we will do our best to win the game.”

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