Liverpool’s stoppage-time winner in the 2-1 victory against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday came from an unlikely hero. The Reds’ goalkeeper, Alisson Becker scored in the 95th-minute of the match to secure a win, keeping his team on track for a Champions League qualification.
The goal came during the final minutes of the game through a beautiful cross from a corner delivered by Liverpool’s right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold. Alisson who was left unmarked in the box rose highest to turn in Arnold’s cross into the far right corner of the goalpost with a perfectly executed header.
The Brazilian made history by becoming the first-ever goalkeeper to score for Liverpool and the sixth goalkeeper to score a Premier League goal.
Liverpool Goalkeeper, Alisson Becker. Photo source: liverpoolecho.co.uk
It has been a difficult season for Liverpool’s goalkeeper who lost his father three months ago when he drowned in a swimming accident. Alisson could not even go to the funeral due to the COVID-19 restrictions on foreign travels. His performance on the pitch has also been criticized and come under scrutiny by the media. He was visibly emotional in his goal celebration and at full time.
“It’s too emotional. For these past months for everything that happened to me, to my family, but football is my life,” Alisson said in his post-match interview with Sky Sports.
“I play since I remember, with my father. I hope he was here to see it, but I am sure he saw it with God on his side and is celebrating”.
“You can’t explain a lot of things in life. For me, the only reason for those kind of things is God and he put his hand on my head today and I’m feeling really blessed.”
Jurgen Klopp’s men were shocked when Robson-Kanu put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute, scoring his first Premier League goal since 2017.
Liverpool equalized in the 33rd minute of the game when Sadio Mane intercepted a loose ball in West Brom’s box and passed to Mohammed Salah who fired the ball into the bottom left corner. Salah’s goal was his 22nd for the Premier League campaign and put him with Harry Kane as joint-top scorer in the race for the Golden Boot award.
Just when it looked like the Reds would be held to a disappointing draw, Alisson secured a crucial three points for his team in dramatic fashion and saved the day.
The win puts Liverpool one point behind Chelsea and three points behind third-placed Leicester City with just two more games to end the season. Since Chelsea faces Leicester in the next round of Premier League fixtures, Klopp’s men need two more wins to finish in the top four and secure a Champions League spot.