Nottingham Forest legend Garry Birtles has lauded Steve Cook for his efforts against Liverpool last weekend.

The Reds beat Liverpool 1-0 with the centre-back claiming an assist for the goal scored by Taiwo Awoniyi.

Forest are still bottom of the Premier League but their win last weekend has given them optimism.

Next up for the Reds is a trip to Arsenal and playing the league leaders will certainly be a stern test.

Birtles lauded Cook
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Cook has started the last seven games in succession and that’s been a surprise to many supporters.

He was a standout last season after arriving in January and his experience was vital in Forest winning promotion.

Some feared that the Premier League might prove a step too far for him but he’s starting to come good.

Against Liverpool, he was good defensively but also contributed in the final third too.

Birtles was impressed and lauded him on this week’s episode of The Garibaldi Red Podcast.

He said: “The work from Cook for the goal was tremendous.

“The first touch is a striker’s one. He played into a dangerous area straight away.

“When you get into that area, just put it where your teammates should be. He did that.”

Birtles had lauded Cook for Forest efforts

The former Bournemouth man could prove useful between now and the end of the season.

It would appear that Steve Cooper fancies him this season and at the moment he’s keeping Joe Worrall out of the team.

Forest will need some older heads to make their mark this season and Cook is a proven Premier League player.

Birtles lauded Cook
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At 31-years-old, the player still has lots to offer the team and his performance against Liverpool was good.

He helped the Reds claim a second successive clean sheet and give the team hope moving forward.

His touch and cross were magnificent against Jurgen Klopp’s team and he deserves praise.

Birtles knows good forward play when he sees it and he was clearly impressed with Cook on Saturday.

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