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Núñez’s Last gasp winner sends Liverpool four points clear

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Darwin Nunez returned from injury with a dramatic 99th-minute winner, sending Liverpool four points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a victory over struggling Nottingham Forest. The Uruguayan’s glancing header from an Alexis Mac Allister cross sparked jubilant scenes for the visitors, while controversy surrounded the final moments.

In a match marked by tension, Forest’s spirited defense frustrated Liverpool, creating a stalemate that lasted well into the eight minutes of added time. However, Nunez’s late intervention secured a vital win, his first goal since Brentford on February 17th. This win ensures Liverpool will top the table heading into their crucial showdown against champions Manchester City next Sunday.

While Liverpool celebrated wildly, Forest players surrounded referee Paul Tierney at the final whistle. Coach Steven Reid received a red card as the home side protested the decision to award Liverpool possession following Ibrahima Konate’s head injury. Forest felt they should have retained the ball, but the restart went to Liverpool, leading to their winning goal.

The win marks Liverpool’s first league victory at the City Ground since 1984. With title rivals City and Arsenal yet to play, the result could have seen Klopp’s side slip to third by Monday night. Nunez’s strike ensures Liverpool maintains their momentum in the tight title race.

Defeat leaves Forest just four points above the relegation zone, with the outcome of their financial breach case still pending. They had a golden opportunity in the first half, with Anthony Elanga denied by Kelleher after a clever through ball from former Liverpool man Divock Origi. Liverpool’s chances from Diaz and Robertson came close, but it took Nunez’s late heroics to break the deadlock.

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