Liverpool vs Nottingham Forest Player Rating as Darwin Nunez Scored 99th minute Liverpool winner

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Liverpool followed up their EFL Cup success by scoring an incredible 99th-minute winner against Nottingham Forest to keep them top of the table.

Cup final hero Caoimhín Kelleher again showed his exceptional one-on-one skills midway through the first half to deny Anthony Elanga when he looked set to score in the best chance of a goalless opening 45 minutes.

In the second half it was once again the former Manchester United man who had the best chance to break the deadlock but he fired wide when he was again expected to score and just when it looked like they would have to settle for a point, it was Liverpool. who hit a dramatic winner in incredible fashion.

It wasn’t until the ninth minute of injury time that Darwin Núñez headed home Alexis Mac Allister’s superb cross to spark riotous scenes among the away fans and maintain a four-point lead at the top of the table.

Liverpool player ratings

Caoimhin Kelleher (6/10): Pulled off a good save in the first half and looked capable throughout.

Conor Bradley (6/10): Won the ball many times and pushed high up to create some danger on the right wing but had some weak moments defensively.

Ibrahima Konate (7/10): Dug in with a few solid tackles as always in another sturdy display.

Virgil van Dijk (7/10): Steady at the back overall thanks to his reading of the game and made a solid block right at the end.

Andy Robertson (6/10): Had a tough time up against Origi as Forest sent many attacks down that side but fought hard.

Alexis Mac Allister (8/10): Stable in possession and looked to provide the spark they needed against stifling opposition, and it finally came with his cross to Nunez for the goal.

Joe Gomez (7/10): Was useful in midfield and then looked sound at left-back once Robertson was taken off after the hour mark.

Bobby Clark (5/10): A decent first Premier League start but he gave the ball away too often and was rightly subbed after 60 minutes.

Harvey Elliott (5/10): Covered a lot of ground and did well to get on the ball but was unable to create anything substantial.

Cody Gakpo (4/10): A dead end yet again in a fruitless performance up front against a strong defence. Irritated Nunez when he wasted a promising attack.

Luis Diaz (6/10): He played with such determination, popping up everywhere to win or receive the ball and to look for a way to threaten the hosts but all of his shots were either blocked or missed the target.

Subs

Darwin Nunez (8/10): Provided a bit more incisiveness to the Reds’ attack and kept plugging away before finally getting the goal.

Wataru Endo (6/10): A useful introduction to shore up the midfield and offer some stability in possession.

Dominik Szoboszlai (5/10): Brought on to add some energy to Liverpool’s attacks but could not make a proper impact.

Kostas Tsimikas (6/10): On for what turned out to be 15 minutes and did nothing wrong.

Jayden Danns (5/10): Booked immediately for a clash with goalkeeper Matz Sels.

Player Of The Match: Alexis Mac Allister (Liverpool)

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