Egypt’s Salah grabs winner as Liverpool beat Forest

AP, Saturday 22 Apr 2023

Liverpool twice relinquished a lead before scoring a winner through Mohamed Salah as a 3-2 result over relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest preserved hopes of a top-four finish in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Liverpool s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring theirthird goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 22, 2023. AFP

Diogo Jota put Liverpool 1-0 and 2-1 ahead at Anfield only for goals by Neco Williams — a former Liverpool player — and Morgan Gibbs-White to pull Forest level.

The last of five goals in a wild spell of 23 second-half minutes was converted by Salah, who side-footed in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free kick in the 70th minute for his 16th of the league campaign.

Salah has now moved to joint sixth in Liverpool’s all-time scorers list, alongside Robbie Fowler, with 183 goals in addition to 69 assists in 298 games since joining the Reds in 2017.

Liverpool jumped to seventh in the standings, six points behind fourth-placed Newcastle and three behind Tottenham in fifth. Newcastle hosts Tottenham on Sunday.

Forest, which is in next-to-last place, remained without a win since Feb. 5 and has lost six of its last seven games, leaving manager Steve Cooper under lots of pressure after he was told results had to improve by owner Evangelos Marinakis this month.

This article was originally published by The Associated Press (AP).