Goalkeeper Alisson gave Liverpool FC and team manager Jürgen Klopp an important success in the battle for the Champions League with a last-minute goal. The keeper then remembered his recently deceased father.
The Brazilian, who stormed forward, headed a corner from Trent Alexander-Arnold worth seeing for the 2: 1 (1: 1) winning goal at the already established relegated West Bromwich Albion (90 + 5). The fifth in the table moved up to one point on fourth-placed Chelsea with 63 points two game days before the end of the season.
“Sometimes I practice headers in training, but just for fun,” said Alisson at Sky: “I couldn’t be happier than now.” His father died unexpectedly in February. “I hope he was here to see it. I’m sure he’s celebrating with God by his side,” said Alisson, who became the first goalkeeper in Liverpool club history to score in a competitive game since 1892.
“It’s the best goal I’ve ever seen from a goalkeeper,” said Klopp BBC. “Strikers usually score goals like this. When Olivier Giroud scores a goal like that, it’s called world class. Wow!” The team manager sympathized emotionally with his goalkeeper: “He’s our brother. When he suffers, we all suffer. There are more important things than football, but if football can deliver moments like this, then it’s the best thing for a few seconds there is out there. “
Hal Robson-Kanu brought the hosts surprisingly into the lead (15th), Mohamed Salah equalized with a technically fine finish from the edge of the box (33rd). In stoppage time, Alisson released the guests with his header.
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After the break, last year’s champions were overwhelmingly superior, but rarely came up with compelling chances. On the other side, Alisson Robson-Kanus prevented a double (78th). Liverpool full-back Alexander-Arnold shot free-standing from seven meters over the goal (83rd).