Nottingham Forest defender Steve Cook has lauded Joe Worrall after Sunday’s narrow defeat to Liverpool in the FA Cup. Diogo Jota’s goal with 13 minutes to go compounded Forest to defeat under the City Ground floodlights.

Worrall was truly outstanding. If the player does earn himself a Premier League move this summer, it will be largely down to his performance on Sunday.

The 25-year-old is always a consistent performer for the Reds. Against Liverpool, however, he showcased that he’s capable of mixing it with the very best.

Nottingham Forest v Liverpool: The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final
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Worrall found himself up against some top players. Jota lined up alongside Roberto Firmino and Harvey Elliott to make up a formidable three-pronged attack.

The captain has made 170 appearances for the Reds. He made his debut for the club in 2016 and during the 2018/19 campaign, he was loaned to Rangers by Aitor Karanka.

That move was frowned upon when it originally happened. It’s fair to say that it’s done wonders for his game though and he’s been immense since returning.

Now, he will have a desire to lead Forest to promotion. Even if he does depart in the summer, he will want to do so having helped the Reds into the Premier League.

What has Cook said about Worrall after Forest defeat?

The centre-back will have been gutted to miss out on the date with Liverpool. Forest did well in his absence though; albeit a little bit of leadership was perhaps lacking at times.

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal: The Emirates FA Cup Third Round
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Still, a 1-0 defeat against a side that has been blowing everyone away is symbolic of an outstanding effort. Worrall afterwards suggested that it was the best atmosphere he’s ever experienced at the City Ground during his time at the club.

Cook retweeted the sentiments from Worrall. He also summed up the performance of the man who captained the side on the day and offered him some serious praise.

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