Nottingham Forest may have come up just short against Liverpool but Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on boss Steve Cooper.
Klopp took his Liverpool side to the City Ground on Sunday evening, seeking a spot in the FA Cup semi-finals.
The German is ultimately chasing bigger trophies than the FA Cup, but Forest were the latest team in the way of a potential quadruple.
Forest certainly put up a great fight against Liverpool and could have took the lead in the second half.
Philip Zinckernagel had a dream opportunity to score but put his effort wide of the post – and Forest paid the price just moments later.
Diogo Jota scored the only goal of the game, converting a cross from close range despite appeals for offside.
Liverpool advance to face Manchester City in the last four, but Forest are receiving huge plaudits for the quality of their performance.
This is a team chasing Premier League and Champions League glory, but Forest pushed them every step of the way in a display of great intensity under the lights at the City Ground.
Much of the praise for that should go to Steve Cooper, who has completely revitalised Forest since taking over in September.
Forest looked rudderless under predecessor Chris Hughton but Cooper was turned it all around, making Forest fans believe they can beat Liverpool on their night.
Cooper left Liverpool before Klopp arrived in 2015, but the German has paid tribute to the Forest boss with his post-match comments.
Klopp has praised Cooper for doing a ‘brilliant job’ at Forest, with Liverpool more than aware of their quality having dumped out Arsenal and Leicester City in previous rounds.
Who knows, maybe Klopp will end up facing Cooper in the Premier League next season…