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Liverpool player ratings as they edge past Nottingham Forest to reach FA Cup semi-final

Liverpool player ratings Nottingham, Six Sports

Here we have with us the Liverpool player ratings as they defeat Nottingham Forest 1-0 in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Liverpool will now meet Manchester City in the semi-final whereas Nottingham Forest ends their run in the FA Cup. The East Midlands side defeated Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur before meeting Liverpool in the quarter-final.

Nottingham Forest were trying their best to trouble the in-form Liverpool side. However, Liverpool were understandably the dominant side in this fixture. Nottingham took a total of 6 shots out of which just one was on target. On the other hand, Liverpool tried scoring a total of 14 times and they found the target 7 times.

Liverpool opened the scoring 12 minutes before full-time. A right-footed cross from Kostas Tsimikas found Diogo Jota’s lunge for a tap-in. However, there were calls on whether or not Jota was onside but the decision went to Liverpool’s side and they took the lead. On the other hand, Nottingham could have taken the lead if Zinkernagel had scored an easy tap-in.

Nevertheless, Nottingham Forest fought throughout the game against one of the best teams in the world. Their fans were also with them till the end of the game but as it stands Liverpool were the better side and will see themselves in the later stages of the competition.

Liverpool player ratings vs Nottingham Forest

Alisson – 7/10

He was largely untroubled throughout the game however, he had one penalty shout against him but the right decision was given with no penalty.

Joe Gomez – 8/10

Played out of position to cover for Alexander-Arnold. Although he was not as good on the ball as Trent, he still attacked well and placed some good passes, and defended well.

Ibrahima Konate -7/10

Konate handled aerial duels really well and was calm, composed with the ball in possession. He also played some good passes into the midfield but had a hairy moment at the end that could have cost Liverpool the game.

Virgil van Dijk – 7/10

Another strong performance by Van Dijk who did not let Djed Spence be a threat to Liverpool. He has now returned back to his best with yet another brilliant display.

Kostas Tsimikas – 6/10

Not one of the best performances by Tsimikas as he tried crossing without real aim and took a few shots over the bar. However, he still got the only assist of the game with his cross in towards Jota.

Fabinho – 7/10

He played his role as usual of winning the ball and then distributing while also controlling the tempo of the game.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5/10

He did all the hard work of pressing and marking as well as very good bursting runs. However, he could get the end product or the final ball to produce something.

Naby Keita – 7/10

Keita was very good without the ball as he pressed continuously and also won the ball a few times. However, he gave away the ball quite cheaply since he lacked physical prowess on the night.

Harvey Elliot – 6/10

He started on the right-hand side to replace Mohamed Salah. However, he was being too safe and did not take-on defenders and later vanished from the game.

Diogo Jota – 6/10

Diogo Jota had one of his poorest outings since his return from injury as he lost the ball way too easily and kept appealing angrily. However, he was still on the scoresheet with a poke and winning the game for Liverpool.

Roberto Firmino – 7/10

Firmino did well in linking the Liverpool attack throughout the game. However, he did miss a one-on-one chance but was still the best Liverpool attacker on the pitch.

Susbtitutes

Luis Diaz – 6/10

Was trying his best to get into the game but that was not enough.

Thiago – 7/10

Thiago kept up with his usual game as continued with his excellent passing and made it tick for Liverpool.

Jordan Henderson – 6/10

Brought energy into the game and also gave some physicality to the Liverpool midfield.

Takumi Minamino – 6/10

The Cup hero for Liverpool actually struggled to get into good positions in the game and looked confused at times.

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