Super Eagles star, Ola Aina, was pulled off in the 69th minute for Englishman, Harry Toffolo, but that substitution did nothing to stop Mohammed Salah from scoring Liverpool’s third goal against Aina’s side when the two teams clashed on Sunday.
Aina’s Super Eagles teammate, Taiwo Awoniyi, who has scored three goals for Forest this season in five games started the match on the bench but was brought in in the 69th minute was unable to pull one back for Forest.
Diaz missed the match following reports his parents had been kidnapped in Colombia, with officials still searching for the winger’s missing father after his mother was rescued.
Diogo Jota, surrounded by his team-mates, held up the Colombia player’s number seven shirt after firing the Reds into a 31st-minute lead when Matt Turner turned Darwin Nunez’s attempt into the Portuguese forward’s path.
Liverpool were dominant and, after Jota’s opener, Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez doubled the advantage four minutes later with his sixth club goal of the campaign after a cutback by the impressive Dominik Szoboszlai.
Forest’s miserable day was complete when Turner and substitute Harry Toffolo got in a tangle, allowing Mohamed Salah to become only the third player in Liverpool’s history to score in each of the opening five home league matches of a season.
Liverpool are fourth on the table, three points behind leaders Tottenham, while Forest, who failed to seriously test Liverpool keeper Alisson, are 16th, five points above the relegation zone.