Speaking after Liverpool's 1-0 win at the City Ground, as cited by Anfield Watch, Jurgen Klopp said that Nottingham Forest made the game tough but that his side were in control.
"All respect to Steve and Nottingham Forest. A top, top performance, really passionate, really well organised. In cup competitions, we all know that there is only one reason to be part of it and that's to go to the next round.
“It was [exciting], it was the game we expected, especially if you don't use the chances and don't play as [good] as we could have done. We could have obviously played better, but we should have scored in the first half.
“The situations they had were counter-attacks when we lost the ball, but apart from that, we controlled it absolutely. As I said, if you score earlier it is a completely different game. If you score late-ish then Steve [Cooper] had obviously changed [tactics].
📊 STAT: Liverpool’s last eight away games across all competitions:
• 15 goals scored
• 3 goals conceded
• 6 clean sheets
“They went very offensive, full risk and we had our counter-attacking chances, didn't use them, didn't play them out properly and it was 1-0 until the end.
"We did that in an atmosphere where everything was prepared to give us a knock as well. But because we were prepared for a fight we came through it and I'm really happy about that.”
Anfield Watch Verdict
A lot of Liverpool fans were not expecting that performance from Nottingham Forest tonight. They played better than some Premier League sides.
Cooper's side played out from the back and they were a serious threat to Liverpool on multiple occasions. Fortunately, the Reds' experience helped them advance to the next round of the FA Cup.
Speaking after the game, as cited by Anfield Watch, Klopp also said that it was like a European game in Nottingham tonight.
"Proper cup match I have to say! You said before a European night in Nottingham, that's pretty much what it was."