Manchester City opened the door for Liverpool in the Premier League title race last night and they might have done Nottingham Forest a favour.
The Citizens battered Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Despite playing the Eagles off the park, they couldn’t find a breakthrough and headed north with only a point to show for their efforts.
That hands Liverpool a foothold in the title race for the first time in months. The Reds are now four points behind City and have Arsenal to play on Wednesday night.
The fact that Jurgen Klopp’s men are now in firm contention to catch City could alter their stance on the FA Cup.
Liverpool will make the journey to Nottingham on Sunday. It will be the first time that Forest have played in an FA Cup quarter-final since 1996 when they lost to Aston Villa.
Forest are just one game away from a Wembley semi-final and the occasion looks set to be a massive one for Steve Cooper’s men. Whether or not Forest can emerge victorious will largely depend on how seriously Klopp decides to treat the FA Cup.
If Liverpool bring their big guns, the chances of winning decrease significantly. The likes of Mohamed Salah, Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk are among the best in the world in their positions and have a vast amount of quality.
Forest have been rocked with two injuries of their own. Both Steve Cook and Max Lowe have been ruled out for six weeks and they will both be sorely missed in the coming weeks.
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It’s possibly a pipedream but it’d be great to think that Klopp has the FA Cup firmly down his list of priorities. The club remains in the Champions League and now, they’re well in the mix for the title.
As a result, Forest will be hoping that last night’s result has seen their luck come in. Klopp could now choose to wrap some of his stars in cotton wool following a tough-looking game against Arsenal tomorrow night.
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The Reds don’t have a deal to lose on Sunday. They’ve already knocked out Arsenal, Leicester and high-flying Huddersfield with Liverpool now in their sights.
With the likes of Brennan Johnson, Djed Spence and James Garner in their ranks, Forest will be undoubtedly targeting another cup upset this weekend.