Match details

European Cup 1st R 1st L

City Ground | Wed 13 Sep 1978 at 19:30

Nottingham Forest 2 - 0 Liverpool

Opposition goals


  • - Average age of the Liverpool starting lineup: 27.21
  • - Average age of the Nottingham Forest starting lineup: 26.38
  • Garry Birtles told The Guardian: "After I'd scored Phil Thompson told me a single goal wouldn't be enough to take to Anfield. So when we scored again, cocky young thing that I was, I went up to him and said: 'Will two be enough then?' He was speechless."

    - Graeme Souness recalled this match in the Sunday Times in December 2016. “I was taught a harsh lesson in my early days at Liverpool that stood me in good stead for the rest of my playing career. We had won the European Cup in my first six months in 1978, but were then drawn against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground as we set out to defend it. We were 1-0 down with three minutes to go and I went chasing the game from central midfield and ended up in their left-back area. The ball was played in to where I should have been, then back out to the left wing, squared and they scored to make it 2-0. Joe Fagan tore a strip off me afterwards. We would have taken 1-0, but 2-0 made it twice as difficult. Forest got a 0-0 draw back at Anfield and we were out. That was my lesson."

Other details

Manager: Bob Paisley
Opposition manager: Brian Clough
Referee: Linemayr E (Austria)
Attendance: 38,316
Half-time score: 1 - 0
Game number: 3408
Europe game number: 100
Look at the 2nd leg: Wed 27 Sep 1978 (H)

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