May 24, 2024

EPL: Forest Tackle Liverpool Without Awoniyi

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By Sportgister

 

 

On the prowl for a third consecutive win across all tournaments, Liverpool return to Premier League action on Sunday, when Nottingham Forest stop over at Anfield.

 

The Reds dismantled Toulouse 5-1 in Thursday’s Europa League contest, while Steve Cooper’s side threw away a 2-0 lead against Luton Town to draw 2-2 last weekend.

 

final game of his domestic suspension, allowing Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai to return to the engine room, although the former now has serious competition from Wataru Endo if Thursday’s display is anything to go by.

 

Meanwhile, there will be no Anfield homecoming for Nottingham Forest striker Divock Origi this week, as the Belgian has been ruled out for a few weeks with a hip injury and is one of eight concerns for Cooper to manage.

 

October’s City Ground hero Awoniyi (groin) will not return just yet, while Nuno Tavares (groin), Felipe (knee), Gonzalo Montiel (calf), Danilo (thigh), Callum Hudson-Odoi (hamstring) are also out of contention, and Anthony Elanga has emerged as a doubt due to illness.

 

Should Elanga not make the cut, Cooper may be forced to deploy Ola Aina further forward or opt for a change of shape, while another ex-Red – Neco Williams – should be kept at bay by Serge Aurier once again.

 

Liverpool possible starting lineup:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Gravenberch; Salah, Nunez, Diaz

 

Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:

Turner; Aurier, Boly, Murillo, Toffolo; Sangare, Mangala, Dominguez; Gibbs-White, Wood, Elanga

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