Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp challenges players as Diogo Jota learns opponents

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has sent a warning to his side to reach a semi-final against title rivals Manchester City after their 1-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest

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Liverpool’s players were told by manager Jurgen Klopp they should have played better as they maintained a 1-0 draw FA Cup Victory over Nottingham Forest.

The Reds booked a semi-final in the Wembley FA Cup Manchester City thanks to Diogo Jota’s 78th-minute goal at The City Ground on Sunday. Jota managed to get his toe on Kostas Tsimikas’ cross at the far post to score the only goal of a tight game to end Forest’s fairytale FA Cup run.

And the Liverpool striker only discovered his goal had set the stage for a semi-final against him First League Title rivals City while being interviewed after the game.

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Topics of conversation in the forest

Liverpool overcame a difficult away game against Nottingham Forest to secure their place in the semi-finals on Sunday.

Diogo Jota’s late goal sealed victory as Liverpool’s second-row full-backs shone. But the Reds felt attacking absenteeism with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane left out of the squad. It was a game full of conversations as Liverpool struggled against impressive opponents in champions’ uniform, particularly in the second half.

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Klopp’s criticism

Jürgen Klopp was critical of his team after the 1-0 win against Nottingham Forest.

The Liverpool manager claimed his side “should have played better” after beating Steve Cooper’s Championship side. Klopp described the game as a “real cup game” before hinting he wasn’t entirely happy with his side’s performance.

But despite their difficulties, the German added he was “really happy” his side progressed.

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Jota gets to know fate

Diogo Jota learned on live TV that his goal had set the stage for a Wembley FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

Jota scored the only goal of the game just minutes after Philip Zinckernagel missed a golden chance for the hosts to cause an FA Cup upset. After his goal propelled the Reds through to the next round, Jota was interviewed by itv after the game.

And it was during the interview that the Liverpool striker was asked how he felt about facing Pep Guardiola’s side in the next round. The Reds striker’s reaction gave a glimpse of the mentality in the Liverpool dressing room as they head into the business end of the season still seeking a historic foursome.

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