Jurgen Klopp labelled Liverpool matchwinner Diogo Jota a “proper striker”, and hailed Nottingham Forest and their manager after being pushed to the limit.
Liverpool kept their quadruple hopes alive after surviving an almighty scare at the City Ground. Nottingham Forest gave as good as they got throughout the entire 90 minutes and came within a whisker of taking the lead themselves just moments before Diogo Jota put the Reds in front.
But where Forest failed, Jota succeeded when the Portuguese grabbed yet another vital goal in what could be a historic season at Anfield.
The draw for the FA Cup semi-finals took place earlier today with Liverpool handed a tie against Man City. That fixture will take place just one week after the pair’s all-important Premier League clash.
Speaking to ITV after the match, Klopp said: “That was a proper cup match. I know they don’t get anything for it, but massive compliment for Steve Cooper and his team. They played a really good game.
“They fought and closed the gaps. We could and should have played better but they made it difficult.
“First half we should score the sitter – Bobby (Firmino), that’s not like him not to square the ball.
“The atmosphere was a massive boost for them, but we got through. I’m really happy with it.”
Regarding Jota’s winner, Klopp was fulsome with his praise.
“It was a difficult one to finish off,” added the German, “He is a proper striker. Absolutely great.”
Jota lauds Forest, reacts to Man City draw
Liverpool scorer also spoke to the press, telling ITV: “It was obviously a tough game. They [Forest] are a great team and play with lots of intensity and they gave us proper fight.”
Regarding the close offside call for his goal, the forward added: “Yeah, I thought it was tight.
“They had one big, big chance. They gave us a proper challenge and their fans were outstanding. But we are in semi-finals.”
When told Liverpool will now face Man City in the semi-final, Jota admitted: “I didn’t know.
“OK, it’s another tough game. One more. There are still a lot of games before then.”