Reds late win over Forest continues special trend

Liverpool are making a habit of winning in difficult situations.

Nottingham Forest v Liverpool FC - Premier League
Nottingham Forest v Liverpool FC - Premier League / Neal Simpson/Allstar/GettyImages

There is something to be said about a football club that never stops going. They keep pushing and have full faith that they will ultimately find a way through. As long as the clock is running, they should be as well.

There are few clubs in the world that do it like Liverpool. To date, the Reds have scored 19 goals after the 85th minute in the Premier League. For comparison, Sheffield United has scored 22 TOTAL goals in the league this season.

However, for Liverpool, the never-say-die attitude has shown through in all of the competitions this season, most notably the epic extra time victory in the Carabao Cup Final over Chelsea.

During the peak of the Alex Ferguson regime at Manchester United, one of their hallmarks was scoring late goals to flip results in their favor.

It did not matter who was playing or who the opponent was. All they knew was that if they kept pushing hard enough that they would eventually find what they were looking for.

This Liverpool side in 2023-24 is very much made in that same ilk. Through all of the injuries, suspensions and more, they have persevered and fought through. This season is looking like it could truly be a special one with each heroic result.

For a long time on Saturday, it looked like Nottingham Forest was going to put a damper on a tremendous week for the Reds. No goal had come, despite a much improved second half.

Yet, that did not dissuade Alexis Mac Allister, who had his most creative day in a Liverpool shirt, from putting in an inviting ball as we approached the 100th minute of action. That it was Darwin Nunez who rose above everybody to meet it and salvage the win was even more gratifying.

Even to this day, Darwin remains a divisive figure for some. However, he has played the hero once again, as he came off the bench here to score the winner. Not unlike what he did earlier this season at St. James Park.

If we expand on this, from the 76th minute onward in the Premier League this season, Liverpool have scored 24 times and conceded 6. They have scored 65.6% of their League goals in the second half of matches. That ratio is 17-3 from the 81st on. The numbers are sterling.

Would we like the boys to begin a bit stronger and get things rolling earlier? Sure, of course we would. Yet, there is something to be said for grit and determination though, and this group has it in spades.

As the lads are chasing three more trophies this season, every match is going to be full throttle intensity. Handling that pressure and continuing to believe in themselves and each other is going to be crucial.

To this point, the squad has shown no quit at any point. Whether it's the kids, veterans or new arrivals, it does not matter. The Reds are united in their pursuit of a truly remarkable campaign and there is nothing that can deter them.

The signs are there. The numbers back it up. Liverpool are in the midst of a truly special season and another late win on Saturday just reinforces the idea. Keep digging, you Reds, keep digging.