Nottingham Forest haven’t won a Premier League game since August, a run stretching over nine games and in-form Liverpool are their next opponents this weekend.
The Tricky Trees have scored just once in their last four league matches but have looked more solid since a 4-0 thrashing by Leicester.
Forest are in desperate need of points and are three from safety after 11 games following Tuesday’s goalless draw at Brighton.
Meanwhile, Liverpool appear to be turning the corner after back-to-back 1-0 wins over Manchester City and West Ham.
The Reds have tightened up at the back and were particularly brilliant against the defending Premier League champions as they ended Erling Haaland’s goalscoring run.
And after a tough start to the campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s men could make it three wins in a week on Saturday lunchtime.
Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will take place on Saturday, October 22.
Kick-off at the City Ground is scheduled for 12:30pm.
talkSPORT’s coverage will start at 11am with Reshmin Chowdhury presenting.
Commentary will come from Sam Matterface and former Forest player and manager Stuart Pearce.
talkSPORT.com will also have a live blog of the action.
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Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool: Team news
Forest ace Moussa Niakhate is still recovering from his hamstring injury and won’t play this weekend.
Renan Lodi missed the 0-0 draw with Brighton due to an ongoing ankle problem, while Lewis O’Brien should have recovered from illness.
But Omar Richards is still out.
For Liverpool, Diogo Jota has been ruled out until after the World Cup after suffering a serious calf injury.
Ibrahima Konate is also expected to miss this one but should be back in contention for the Reds next week.
Joel Matip’s slight calf problem has kept him out of the last three games, so could miss out again.
Meanwhile, Luis Diaz is another long-term absentee, but Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are back in first-team training.
Darwin Nunez scored against West Ham on Wednesday but was withdrawn as a precaution, so it remains to be seen if he makes it.
Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool: What has been said?
Steve Cooper after Forest’s 0-0 draw with Brighton: “It’s a good point. If we were higher up the table and coming away from tonight with a point we’d be pleased but we continue to strive for those wins.
“We stuck to the game plan really well and challenged the players after the weekend to be better with and without the ball and I thought we played some decent stuff and showed signs of where we want to go.
“We want to be winning games but we have to accept we’ve been on a poor run and a point at a team like Brighton, who’ve had a great start to the season, is a good one.
Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool’s win over West Ham: “Overall, I think it is a deserved three points.
“It is a very important, tough period for all teams so you have to grind results out and now in three days’ time the next fight is waiting already.
“That’s the situation, and for the moment, all good.”
Nottingham Forest vs Liverpool: Match facts
- This is the first league meeting between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool since a 2-2 draw in April 1999, though Liverpool won an FA Cup tie between the two at the City Ground last season.
- Liverpool have never won in five Premier League away games against Nottingham Forest (D3 L2) – the City Ground is the only ground the Reds have played at more than once in the competition and never won.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 16 away Premier League games against promoted sides, since a 2-0 loss at Hull in February 2017 (W11 D5). The last team to have a longer such run were Tottenham between 2012 and 2020 (23 games).
- Nottingham Forest are winless in their last four Premier League home games (D1 L3), netting the first goal in each of their last three. Only two teams have opened the scoring but failed to win more consecutive home games in the competition – Chelsea (4 between February and April 1996) and Norwich City (5 in December/January 2019-20).
- Liverpool have failed to win any of their four Premier League away games so far this season (D2 L2) – they last had a longer run without an away win from the start of a campaign in 2006-07 (7).
- Nottingham Forest are on the longest current winless run in the Premier League, drawing three and losing six times since beating West Ham 1-0 in August. They’ve failed to score on five occasions in this run, and conceded 21 goals, though they did keep a clean sheet last time out.
- Liverpool have won their last two Premier League games 1-0, the first time they’ve opened the scoring in consecutive league games since a run of three in April. They last had a longer run of consecutive 1-0 wins between May-September 2013 (4).
- Only Manchester City (177) have had more shots than Liverpool (175) in the Premier League this season, while only Everton (183) have faced more efforts than Nottingham Forest (176).
- Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been involved in 29 goals in his last 30 Premier League appearances against promoted sides (18 goals, 11 assists). He’s scored against 26 of the 27 opponents he’s faced in the Premier League with the Reds, failing only against Swansea City.
- No Liverpool player has provided more assists in all competitions this season than Konstantinos Tsimikas (5), with the full back setting up Darwin Núñez’s winner against West Ham last time out.
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