Revenge! Taiwo Awoniyi scores to condemn former club Liverpool to 3rd defeat

GOD DID IT! Liverpool didn’t believe Taiwo Awoniyi but the Nigerian striker did the damage against Jurgen Klopp’s side on Saturday

Super Eagles forward Taiwo Awoniyi has given his pound of Liverpool flesh to his unfulfilled Premier League dream at Anfield Stadium.

Awoniyi scored the only goal of the afternoon in Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday afternoon at the City Ground.

The Nigerian international was on Liverpool’s books for 6 years between 2015 and 2021, never playing for the Reds, instead being loaned out on seven separate occasions.

Taiwo Awoniyi goal helps Nottingham Forest defeat Liverpool
At the first opportunity to face his former club, Awoniyi received the nod from Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper to start against the Reds at the start of the Premier League on Saturday.

Awoniyi was flanked by former Manchester United striker Jesse Lingard and former Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Morgan Gibbs-White, while loaned Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson was in goal again.

Liverpool dominated the first exchanges as well as the entire first half, gobbling up 74% possession at the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest’s game plan was to catch Liverpool on the counterattack and they did it well, having more shots on target three (3) than Liverpool’s two (2) in the first half.

It was the same tactic that gave Nottingham Forest the lead in the 55th minute, with a break from Cooper’s team ending in the Liverpool area, where Awoniyi had two attempts before passing the ball past Allison into Liverpool’s goal.

Klopp brought in Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson was in inspired form as the 22-year-old made seven (7) saves to keep the Liverpool side in check.

With only their second win of the season, Nottingham Forest are now off the bottom of the table with nine (9) points, despite playing one game more than Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Taiwo Awoniyi vs Liverpool stats
Awoniyi had an impressive performance against Liverpool, recording two (2) shots on goal, one (1) off target and hitting the post once.

The Super Eagles forward connected well with his attacking partners, playing three (3) important passes and creating one (1) big chance, as well as recording a passing accuracy of 87.5%.

Awoniyi also contributed his part defensively, winning three (3) of the seven (7) matches he played, making one (1) inning and receiving one (1) foul from Liverpool’s defence.

The Nigerian international has already scored three (3) league goals this season with all three goals at his home stadium, City Ground.

Nottingham Forest will return to action on Sunday 30 October when they travel to Emirates Stadium to face current league leaders Arsenal.

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