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Liverpool keep top 4 hopes alive thanks to unlikely hero in Alisson Becker

Liverpool beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 thanks to a late winner from goalkeeper Alisson Becker on Sunday.

Liverpool beat West Bromwich Albion thanks to Alisson's late header. (Image: Twitter/@premierleague)
By Shayne Dias | May 17, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Liverpool beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 thanks to a late winner from goalkeeper Alisson Becker on Sunday. Liverpool were staring at the prospect of a frustrating draw at The Hawthorns going into injury time. In desperation, Alisson also joined the box when Liverpool won a corner. The decision turned out to be an inspired one. He met Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross with a powerful header that rippled the back of the net. The celebrations from the Liverpool bench told a story of its own. With two games left in the Premier League campaign, the Reds now have their top 4 destiny in their own hands.

Wins in their final two games should be enough to guarantee automatic Champions League qualification. They currently sit 1 point behind fourth-placed Chelsea and three behind third-place Leicester.

As fate would have it, these sides are set to clash later this week. Whichever side drops points, it works in the favour of the defending champions.

Liverpool made to work

It could have been a very different afternoon though. West Brom might be relegated but they remain stubborn opposition. Incredibly, they took the lead in the fixture.

Matheus Pereira found Hal-Robson Kanu in space and he curled a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner.

Mohamed Salah equalised in the 33rd minute but it looked to be a frustrating day ahead for the Reds. They dominated possession and created chances but West Brom held firm.

It was only until Alisson’s late winner was scored that smiles crept back onto the players’ faces again.

‘Wow describes that best’

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was amazed at the reaction. “Wow is a pretty good word,” he told BBC Sport after the match.

“It was spectacular and a good game. That is so far the highlight [of the season]. I hope we have time for another highlight. Winning that way is really special, I couldn’t be happier.”

Alisson was overcome with emotion at scoring. The Brazilian had lost his father recently and dedicated his goal to him.

“I think it’s one of the best goals I have scored,” he told Sky Sports after the game. He was then reminded it was actually his only goal.

“OK, the best I have scored,” he added jokingly.

Interestingly, this was the first time in Liverpool’s history that a goalkeeper scored for them in a competitive match. It couldn’t have come at a better time.



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