Goalkeeper Alisson scored a last-minute winner to boost Liverpool’s chances of UEFA Champions League qualification with a 2-1 win at West Brom on Sunday in the Premier League.
West Brom took the lead courtesy Hal Robson-Kanu after 15 minutes in the first half and Liverpool had to fight back as Mohamed Salah scored his 22nd league goal of this campaign in the 32nd minute.
However, it was Alisson who scored a header from a corner in the 5th minute of stoppage time at the end of the game to close the gap on fourth-place Chelsea in the race for UEFA Champions League places.
The Reds are now just 1 point behind the Blues with 2 games to go in the Premier League.
There were tears at full-time, an emotional signal up to the sky and a mass of red bodies on top of Alisson in what Jurgen Klopp described as a “special moment”.
In Liverpool’s 129-year history, no goalkeeper had ever scored in a competitive match for the club. Alisson becomes the first one and what a time to do it.
Liverpool’s Champions League fate is in their own hands as they have to beat Burnley at Turf Moor and Crystal Palace at Anfield to secure a top 4 spot.
Alisson paid tribute to his late father in an emotional interview. “I hope he was here to see it, I’m sure he is celebrating with God at his side,” said the Brazilian.
He also joked saying: “Hopefully I don’t have to come up too many times to score goals!”
Alisson became the sixth goalkeeper to score a Premier League goal – and the first to do so with a header.
“I’m too emotional, this last month for everything that has happened with me and my family, but football is my life – I played since I can remember with my father,” said Alisson.
“Sometimes you are fighting and things aren’t happening. I’m really happy to help them because we fight together and have a strong goal to achieve the Champions League, because we have won it once and everything starts with qualification.
“So I can’t be more happy than I am now.”
Reflecting on the moment Alisson became the first Liverpool goalkeeper ever to score in a professional game, Klopp said: “Unbelievable. I’ve never seen something like that. Insane technique!
“Nowadays you can’t be sure, really. ‘Is something wrong? It cannot be?’ So I turned around to ask, ‘Am I right, did he score?’ And you saw the faces of the boys. It means a lot to us, obviously.
“We are still in the race. But Wednesday [Liverpool travel to Burnley] will be the same fight.
“I have to say ‘chapeau’ [take my hat off], West Brom fought with all they had, proper professionalism, and made it really difficult for us but we did it.”
Lots of tweets started flooding in, in support of Alisson’s unbelievable winner.
What a header! We never give up. Well done boys ??????? https://t.co/R6SJrEssTO
— Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) May 16, 2021
Never seen anything like that. ? pic.twitter.com/iRY0oKVx3G
— Trent Alexander-Arnold (@TrentAA) May 16, 2021
ALISSON BECKER. WHAT A MAN!!! pic.twitter.com/7dGjfFXpm8
— Andy Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) May 16, 2021
Although the job is not done yet for Liverpool, you would fancy them to win their final two games of the season. After all, they were last season’s Premier League winners.
The Manchester clubs have already booked their tickets for next season’s UEFA Champions League and only 2 slots remain with 3 teams in the hunt – Leicester, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Who will join Manchester in Europe’s elite club competition next season?