Brilliant’ player shines, but £35 million has a rare flop: Liverpool vs. Nottingham Forest player ratings

Liverpool vs. Nottingham Forest
Liverpool vs. Nottingham Forest

Liverpool won a thriller against Nottingham Forest at Anfield, with both good and bad performances on display

The Reds’ performance was far from flawless, as they struggled to deal with Forest’s long-throw tactics. But, at this point in the season, points are all that matters.


Here are our ratings for the Liverpool 3-2 Nottingham Forest game.

Alisson – 6: Made an early interception with his head and a good save to keep the Reds at 1-0. Neco Williams’ strike was almost caught, but the deflection was too much. A poor clearance resulted in the throw for the second goal.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7: More evidence of his superb passing range from the middle of the pitch. Not quite as accurate as against Leeds, but still a respectable performance. Another assist for a precise ball into Mohamed Salah’s path.

Ibrahima Konate – 5: Fought hard against the physical former Liverpool player Taiwo Awoniyi. Too easily defeated by a throw in the build-up to the goal. With a lovely clipped ball in behind, I almost got a beautiful assist for Diogo Jota. But, all in all, a dud from the £35 million man.


Virgil van Dijk – 5: The Dutchman’s performance improved after a sloppy and lethargic start. Not good enough with the header that set up Forest’s second equalizer.

Andy Robertson – 6: In attacking positions, he still leaves a lot to be desired at times. Slow to close down Williams for Forest’s goal, but provides a good set-piece assist for Jota.

Fabinho – 6: Fabinho didn’t have much trouble against Forest, but he did receive his usual booking. Due to his suspension, he will now miss a game. Did a good job deflecting a header back across goal for Jota to score.

Jordan Henderson – 5: Like Van Dijk, he was a little sluggish in possession in the first half and didn’t offer much else. Blasted a volley over in a good position in the second half, which pretty much summed up the captain’s day.


Curtis Jones – 6: A fourth straight outing for the Scouser, but not a fifth after this performance. As usual, neat and tidy, but a little out of date.

Attack Mohamed Salah – 7: It started out as a quiet day at the office for Mo, who couldn’t seem to get into the game. The winner then appears with a brilliant display of strength and finish.

Cody Gakpo: – 5: It’s as if Salah couldn’t get enough of a nuisance out of himself against the Forest defense. A flicked header came back off the line, but otherwise it was a little too quiet.

Man of the Match: Diogo Jota Diogo scored another brace in another game. In reality, this is yet another odd display. He didn’t get a sniff in the first half, missed a sitter, and then comes up with two goals. What about the second? Lovely. After going a year without scoring, the 26-year-old now has four in two games. He’s back to his ‘brilliant’ self.

Diogo Jota
Diogo Jota

Darwin Nunez – 6: Came on and had no effect on the game. There are a few nice touches, but not much else.

Thiago – 6: Gave the Reds more control; would have liked to see him start. On the counter, one loose ball almost put Liverpool in trouble.

N/A – James Milner

N/A – Luis Diaz It’s great to have him back at Anfield!


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