Nottingham Forest face Liverpool this afternoon in their first FA Cup quarter-final since 1996. The Reds will face Jurgen Klopp’s team at the City Ground and what an occasion it promises to be.
Steve Cooper’s men are in fine form and like Liverpool have lost just once in all competitions during 2022. Now, the Reds face their toughest test of the year so far when Liverpool rock up today.
Forest do have some injury concerns. Scott McKenna has this week joined Steve Cook, Lewis Grabban and Max Lowe in the treatment room.
Ahead of today’s huge game on Trentside, we looked at how Forest could line up against the juggernaut that is Liverpool.
The Forest rearguard
Ethan Horvath hasn’t done much wrong in a Forest shirt but we think Brice Samba could be recalled to the starting lineup today.
At the back, there will be an enforced change with McKenna now set to miss five weeks of action with a hamstring problem.
Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo will start and Ryan Yates could join them in a three-man defence as Cooper looks to shuffle his pack again.
The Forest engine room and wing-backs
Djed Spence will start on the right and Jack Colback looks likely to play on the left-hand side once more.
With that in mind, it could be a new partner for James Garner in midfield with Liverpool set to arrive on Trentside.
Cafu has been workmanlike from the bench in recent weeks and perhaps he’ll be rewarded with a start in the FA Cup quarter-final.
Leading the Forest line
Brennan Johnson picks himself. The 12-goal forward is a man bang in form and he will look to be Forest’s match-winner this afternoon.
Philip Zinckernagel has done little wrong alongside him and he also looks set to earn a start.
Leading the line will be Keinan Davis and he’ll hope to add to his four Forest goals and flex his credentials to play at Premier League level.
Here is how the Forest team could look this afternoon: