Nottingham Forest 1-0 Liverpool: Awoniyi's goal lifts Steve Cooper's team off the bottom of the Premier League table.

Nottingham Forest moved off the bottom of the Premier League table with a 1-0 win over Liverpool, thanks to a goal early in the second half by Taiwo Awoniyi.

Steve Cooper's side competed throughout to earn their first win since August in front of a raucous crowd at the City Ground, as Liverpool's recent revival was abruptly ended. Jurgen Klopp's wait for his first Premier League away win of the season continues.

Liverpool delivered a disjointed performance throughout. With Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz, and Diogo Jota all missing, it was left to Mohamed Salah to lead the way, but the best chances all fell to Virgil van Dijk, who Dean Henderson brilliantly saved from in stoppage time.

The scenes of celebration at full time were incredible, reinforcing the belief that Forest can truly enjoy rather than simply endure their return to the Premier League. Only goal differential keeps them in the relegation zone. Liverpool? They remain seventh.

Player evaluations

Henderson (9), Aurier (9), Cook (9) McKenna (8), Williams (8), Kouyate (9), Yates (8), Freuler (8), Lingard (8), Awoniyi (9), Gibbs-White (9). (8).

Johnson (6), Worrall (7), Renan Lodi (6), Mangala (6) are the substitutes (6).

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Milner (5), Gomez (4), Van Dijk (5), Robertson (6), Fabinho (6), Jones (5), Elliott (6), Salah (5), Firmino (5), Carvalho (5), Carvalho (5), Carvalho (5), Carvalho (5), Carvalho (5), Carvalho (6).

Alexander-Arnold (6), Henderson (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6) are the substitutes (6).

Steve Cook was named match winner.

How Nottingham Forest stunned Liverpool

While Liverpool had the better chances in the first half, it was the home side who received a standing ovation at the break after a battling performance that showed just enough enterprise on the counterattack.

Jesse Lingard and Morgan Gibbs-White provided solid support, with Awoniyi serving as the focal point. Liverpool's attack appeared more fluid in Nunez's absence, but despite all of the movement, the best chances fell to a defender.

In the first half, it appeared easier for Van Dijk to head past Henderson when he was six yards from goal and between the posts, but he instead attempted a nod down to a teammate. It reflected Liverpool's uncertainty as they sought their first away win.