Liverpool lose to Premier League's bottom team – just six days after beating champions

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool on 22 October, 2022 at the City Ground, Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Liverpool (opens in new tab) slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest (opens in new tab) in the Premier League's Saturday lunchtime to kick-off, less than a week on from their brilliant win over Manchester City (opens in new tab).

Taiwo Awoniyi – who was on Liverpool's books for six years but never made a first-team appearance – came back to haunt his old club by scoring the decisive goal 10 minutes into the second half. 

Following a 1-0 midweek home victory over West Ham (opens in new tab), injury and illness forced Jurgen Klopp into more changes than he'd have liked to make prior to Tuesday's crunch Champions League clash with Ajax, but the German will have been less than pleased with his side's display on the banks of the River Trent. The Reds remain without an away league success this season; they've taken just 16 points from a possible 33 so far and could finish the weekend as many as 14 points off top spot.

Nottingham Forest striker Taiwo Awoniyi celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's goal during the Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool on 22 October, 2022 at the City Ground, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Taiwo Awoniyi's 55th-minute winner was his third goal since signing for Forest this summer (Image credit: Michael Regan / Getty Images)

The result also sees the Reds' miserable Premier League record away to Forest continue: they've visited the City Ground six times in the competition – and never come out on top.

As for the hosts, this memorable triumph – masterminded by former Liverpool academy boss Steve Cooper – could prove to be the springboard for their season. It was their first win since the second weekend of the campaign and takes them off the bottom of the table, at least temporarily.

Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson produced a man-of-the-match performance, pulling off a string of fine saves – including an astonishing low stop to deny Virgil van Dijk late on.

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...