Liverpool returned to a losing streak this season in the English Premier League, falling to bottom of the table Nottingham Forest 0-1 at the opening of the thirteenth round on Saturday.
As the Reds looked to continue their upward trend with a third win in a row and end a 3-match winless streak, they fell to Nottingham, who bid a temporary farewell to the bottom to take nineteenth place with only his second win this season.
With their third defeat, Liverpool surpassed their total losses last season (2) when they finished a point behind runners-up Manchester City.
In the last two matches, Liverpool beat Manchester City 1-0 with the goal of the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, and with the same result their host West Ham United through the Uruguayan Darwin Nunes.
With his loss, Liverpool’s balance froze at 16 points, and it could give up seventh place, according to the rest of the results of the stage.
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp made five changes to the winning team against West Ham. Spaniard Thiago Alcantara missed out with an ear infection, in addition to the injured Nunes, knowing he also misses Colombian Luis Dias and Portuguese Diogo Jota with injury.
Liverpool were at their best in the first half, out of danger due to their sluggishness and lack of decisive touch.
He was given the most prominent opportunity by his Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, who missed a good header in front of goal (38).
While Salah missed the tackle and opened the scoring (53), Nigerian striker Taiwo Owenyi opened the scoring in two bursts after his ball hit Brazilian goalkeeper Alison Becker’s post after a free kick (55).
Onyi spent six years as a player at Liverpool without playing a game in their ranks as he was loaned out to various clubs in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
With Klopp using his substitutes, Liverpool failed to equalize through Harvey Elliott (57), Brazilian Roberto Firmino (65), substitute Trent Alexander-Arnold (85) and Van Dyck in front of goal (90).
As Alisson Becker took down to add to the attacking volume during a corner kick, the brilliant goalkeeper Dean Henderson made a wonderful save on his own line with a beautiful header from Van Dyck (90 + 2) .
At the final whistle, the Nottingham stands lit in celebration of the victory over one of the most prominent teams in the league and temporary exit from the bottom of the standings.
Liverpool travel to Ajax Amsterdam, in the Dutch league, in the Champions League on Wednesday, where they will try to punch the ticket for the round of 16 and overtake Napoli, Italy.
Haaland restores City to victories
Defending champions Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Brighton, with a brace from Norwegian striker Erling Haaland.
In the final phase, City suffered their first defeat of the season in various competitions, going down 0-1 against Liverpool thanks to a goal from Egyptian Mohamed Salah.
But he returned to his favorite habit and closed the gap on leaders Arsenal to a point, knowing the London club can restore the four-point gap when they travel to Southampton on Sunday.
Spanish coach Pep Guardiola made some changes to the team that started against Liverpool, fielding Algerians Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish this season in place of the brilliant Phil Foden, who came on in the second half and the German Ilkay Gundogan, and the Spanish Aymeric Laporte returned to the defense. instead of the Dutch Nathan Aki.
Halland opened the scoring when he received a wonderful long ball from Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson to the outskirts of the area, capitalizing on the wrong exit of Spanish goalkeeper Robert Sanchez from his area and the physical battle in front of defender Adam Webster won. the ball from inside the area into the net (22).
He doubled his side’s lead from a penalty scored by Portugal’s Bernardo Silva after returning to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) minutes after a foul by Louis Dunk (43). Halland strengthened his lead in the league’s top scorer (17), ahead of 8 goals from his closest pursuer, Harry Kane.
The brilliant Belgian Leandro Trossar closed the gap in the second half with a superb shot from the outskirts of the area on his right and scored his sixth goal in the league (53).
Trossar almost leveled the score when he entered the area and hit a powerful ball from close range, which Ederson saved for a corner (73).
His compatriot Kevin De Bruyne responded with another superb goal with a wonderful shot from outside the area into the top left corner (75).
Casemiro saves United
At Stamford Bridge, Brazilian Casemiro scored a thrilling draw for his Manchester United side in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea in extra time.
Casemiro scored his first goal for United after arriving from Real Madrid this summer (90 + 4), after Italian Jorginho thought he had given Chelsea the win with an 87th-minute penalty.
Albanian Armando Broja was awarded the penalty for Chelsea after being caught by United’s Scott McTominay.
The match saw France international defender Raphael Varane leave in tears after suffering a muscle injury in the 60th minute, less than a month before the start of the World Cup in Qatar.
The game was a key clash in the battle for fourth place as Chelsea held on with 21 points, one point ahead of fifth-placed United.
Ronaldo missed the game after being punished by his club after leaving the bench for the dressing room in the final minutes of United’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur as the meeting was still in progress. , refuses to go in as a substitute.