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‘I don’t want to talk about the referee’



Nottingham Forest manager Nuno Espirito Santo, speaking to BBC Match of the Day on events leading to Liverpool goal: “I don’t want to talk about the referee, sorry.

“We are frustrated, we are disappointed, we are sad. We did a good job and the City Ground, as always, was amazing for us. The disappointment is not giving the supporters what they deserve.”

Similar to Man Utd game? “We have chances, we don’t score and then we get punished at the end.”

On performance: “It was good. We created moments and clear situations. The boys did really well. We are sad, it will take a while.”

Nottingham Forest 0–1 Liverpool: Key 

  • Darwin Nunez’s goal, timed at 98 minutes and 35 seconds, was Liverpool’s latest winning goal in a Premier League game that Opta has on record (2006-07 onwards).

  • Today was Liverpool’s first 1-0 win in the Premier League all season – it was their first 1-0 victory in the competition since May 2023 against Brentford.

  • Substitutes have been involved in 22 Premier League goals for Liverpool this season (11 goals, 11 assists) – only Manchester City in 2011-12 (24) and Arsenal in 2009-10 (23) have had more goal involvements from subs in a single Premier League season.

  • For the first time in 10 Premier League games under Nuno Espirito Santo, Nottingham Forest failed to find the net. The last time they failed to score was in Steve Cooper’s final game in charge in December, a 2-0 loss at home to Spurs.

  • As well as assisting the winning goal, Alexis Mac Allister created six chances today, more than any other player in the match. It’s the most he’s created in a Premier League match for Liverpool.

  • Nunez has been directly involved in nine goals in his last nine appearances in all competitions for Liverpool (6 goals, 3 assists), netting in each of his last three.

Full-time: Nottingham Forest 0-1 Liverpool

Darwin Nunez came off the bench to score a dramatic 99th-minute winner and send Liverpool four points clear at the top of the Premier League with victory at struggling Nottingham Forest.

As the game drifted past the eight added minutes announced by the fourth official, Nunez, playing his first game since suffering a muscle at Brentford on 17 February, found the bottom corner with a glancing header from Alexis Mac Allister’s cross.

It was Liverpool’s first league win at the City Ground since 1984 and ensures that they will be top of the table heading into next Sunday’s crucial match against champions Manchester City.

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