Depleted Forest side to face Liverpool


Origi will miss the game this weekend due to a hip injury.

THERE will be no reunion for former Kop favourite Divock Origi when Liverpool host his current club Nottingham Forest this weekend.

The 28-year-old Belgian striker suffered a hip injury prior to the 2-2 draw against Luton Town last week, and is expected to be sidelined for some time.

Origi, who scored 22 goals for Liverpool during his time with the Merseyside club, has featured four times for Forest but has yet to open his scoring account.

Another former Red, Taiwo Awoniyi, will also miss the match with a groin injury sustained during a 1-1 draw with Brentford early this month.

Also out of the match this weekend are Callum Hudson-Odoi, Felipe, Danilo, Nuno Tavares and Gonzalo Montiel, giving head coach Steve Cooper plenty to think about.

Against Luton Town, Cooper played Morgan Gibbs-White, primarily an attacking midfielder, and Anthony Elanga on the wings while Chris Wood played as the central striker.

With limited options, all three are expected to be retained in the starting line-up.

As for Liverpool, Juergen Klopp will be without Andrew Robertson who suffered a shoulder injury while on international duty with Scotland and Curtis Jones who will serve his last game of a three-match ban.

Kostas Tsimikas will likely retain his place at left back, alongside Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

With Jones unavailable, Ryan Gravenberch may again keep his place alongside Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai.

Up front, Mohamed Salah is most likely to start alongside Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz, with both Cody Gakpo, who is back in training, and Darwin Nunez on the bench.

Despite being involved in the Europa League before the weekend, Liverpool will be expected to pick up all three points against Forest.

The Reds, who beat Toulouse 5-1 on Thursday, are unbeaten in their last 24 home league matches against Forest, with the last time Liverpool losing to them going back to 1969.

They need to maintain their momentum to keep pace with league leaders Tottenham Hotspurs.

Forest, meanwhile, are on a five-game winless run, having last picked up three points against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in early September, while the last three matches ended in draws.

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