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Klopp: Losing to Nottingham Forest 'feels as low as possible.'

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

Liverpool are yet to win away from home in the Premier League this season and Saturday's 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest means the Reds have only registered two points on the road.

Klopp rues massive massive blow after defeat to Nottingham Forest [BBC SPORT SCREEN SHOT]
Klopp rues massive massive blow after defeat to Nottingham Forest [BBC SPORT SCREEN SHOT]

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted that their 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest is "is a massive, massive blow" to his Reds, adding that it feels "as low as possible."

The Merseyside club looked like they had found their form after they ran riot over Scottish club Rangers before beating Premier League champions Manchester City and West Ham at Anfield.

However, at the City Ground on Saturday afternoon, Klopp's side fell to what seemed to be an easy game against basement side Nottingham Forest.

The Tricky Trees produced a superb performance to shock Liverpool, thanks to Taiwo Awoniyi's 55th-minute close-range strike.

The Nigerian striker Awoniyi, who left Liverpool in 2021 without making a competitive appearance scored the winning goal after his initial effort came back off the post.

Liverpool are currently 12 points behind leaders Arsenal, who played out a 1-1 draw against Southampton at the St. Mary's on Sunday. They travel to the Netherlands to play Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday, looking to close the gap on Group A table-toppers Napoli.

Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi [L] celebrates Forest's win over Liverpool [BBC SPORT SCREEN SHOT]
Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi [L] celebrates Forest's win over Liverpool [BBC SPORT SCREEN SHOT]

'No idea how we can lose this game.'

"[It feels] As low as possible," Klopp said while speaking to BBC's MOTD. "Massive, massive blow because I have no idea how we can lose this game, to be honest. Not that we played exceptionally well, not that I expect that but it would have been nice.

"With all the changes we had to make and with the intense week behind us, it was clear we had to make a fight of it. The boys did that. The chances they had were pretty much counterattacks where we gave the ball too easily away.

"We were dangerous and a real threat and the set pieces were 100% chances pretty much. That we didn’t finish one of these off is the main blow if you want because we cannot put them in better, you cannot move better, and if you have one player completely free in the box that is the perfect set piece.

"The goal we conceded was giving the ball away in a situation which should not happen, then the set piece was sloppy and they finished it off."

"We played against a deep defending side. We didn’t train in this formation one second because Jones was not in the plans. He was close and we can see he is now fit which is great, but he didn’t play this position before.

"Then Thiago gets an infection overnight and is out and you have to make a decision. Can Henderson start again? I was concerned from the medical department not too long so we changed like this. It was clear we had to get used to it. We didn’t hit the target and the goalie made a sensational save but that’s it now and we cannot change it.

When asked of his thoughts on Awoniyi scoring against his former club, the German said: "He had a sensational development. He has arrived where he belongs and I am happy for him, but not today so much."

'We have to go again'

Liverpool skipper James Milner rued his side's missed chances while speaking to BT Sport: "Obviously we didn't perform how we wanted to. We had a lot of chances to score goals and didn't take them. We weren't alive enough for the second balls and we didn't create enough chances. Ali has made a lot of good saves and we could have defender better. We did everything we wanted to do other than put the ball in the back of the net."

When quizzed about how they shake off the defeat, the ex-England international replied: "That's where we are. Games come thick and fast. You've got tonight to be disappointed but we have to shake it off and go again."

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