Liverpool's Injury-Hit Squad Continues to Triumph with Last-Gasp Victory

Liverpool's Injury-Hit Squad Continues to Triumph with Last-Gasp Victory

Liverpool's relentless pursuit of victories continues despite facing a barrage of injuries and relying heavily on academy prospects. In a thrilling encounter at Nottingham Forest, Darwin Nunez emerged as the hero, scoring a dramatic header in the ninth minute of stoppage time to secure a 1-0 victory. This triumph marks Liverpool's sixth consecutive win across all competitions and their fourth in an 11-day span, including an extra-time victory over Chelsea in the English League Cup final.

Jurgen Klopp, who will depart Liverpool at the end of the season, expressed his astonishment at the team's recent success. "If you'd told me 12 days ago we would win all four games, I would have said no chance," he remarked. "In the circumstances, winning the games is ridiculous."

Manchester City, currently in second place, will aim to close the gap to Liverpool to one point when they face Manchester United in the derby on Sunday. The highly anticipated clash between Liverpool and City at Anfield on March 10 looms large on the horizon.

Despite Liverpool's injury woes gradually easing, key players such as Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota, and Curtis Jones remain sidelined. Klopp opted to start 19-year-old Bobby Clark in midfield alongside Joe Gomez, who was deployed as a defender. Jayden Danns, an 18-year-old forward, made his league debut as a second-half substitute.

"What the boys have squeezed out was special," Klopp said. "This game didn't go easy for us. We didn't have a great rhythm and the boys felt the intensity for the first time."

Post-match scenes at Nottingham Forest were marred by anger among players and coaching staff, with club owner Evangelos Marinakis expressing his displeasure on the touchline. Forest's complaints stemmed from the eight minutes of added time awarded by the referee and the fact that they were not given the ball back after Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate sustained a head injury just before the goal.

In other Premier League action, Arsenal, who trail City by a point in third, will visit last-placed Sheffield United on Monday. Chelsea's hopes of giving Mauricio Pochettino a victory on his 52nd birthday were dashed as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Brentford. The Blues' away contingent expressed their dissatisfaction with Pochettino, chanting the name of former manager Jose Mourinho and calling for the Argentine's departure.

Aston Villa maintained their grip on fourth place with an 89th-minute winner at Luton, responding to Tottenham's come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace. Lucas Digne's header sealed a 3-2 win for Villa, who remain five points ahead of Tottenham but have played one game more.

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