Forest came up short against Liverpool as they exited the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage but former player Jermaine Jenas was left impressed.

Diogo Jota’s goal 11 minutes from time gave Liverpool their win. Over the course of the game, they probably merited it but Forest did themselves proud.

The Reds did have their chances. Philip Zinckernagel missed a gilt-edged opportunity just moments before Jota slid an effort home for Liverpool.

Nottingham Forest v Liverpool: The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final
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Forest were then denied a penalty. Ryan Yates appeared to be caught by Alisson Becker but referee Craig Pawson waved away the protests.

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Steve Cooper will have been buoyed by what he saw from his team. There are now just 10 Championship games remaining and a play-off place is up for grabs.

Forest have played some good football lately and last night was another fine performance from the Reds.

They never once looked overawed by a dominant Liverpool side and despite changing to a 4-2-3-1 still tried to retain their fluency.

Brennan Johnson enjoyed some joy down the right against Kostas Tsimikas and Djed Spence also enjoyed a sound outing.

Forest can take a lot of heart from this performance and beating Arsenal and Leicester earlier in the competition is no mean feat.

What has Jenas said about the Forest performance against Liverpool?

The former England midfielder heaped praise on Forest. He claimed that the Reds deserved more out of the game against the former Premier League champions.

Jenas didn’t spend long at Forest before he was snapped up by Newcastle for £5 million. He enjoyed a sound Premier League career and ultimately Forest’s current crop will want to get themselves into the top-flight.

Jenas felt that Forest could take a lot of heart from yesterday and he had a reasonable point.

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