Dec 2, 2021

Alisson Becker Heads Dramatic Late Winner For Reds

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Kyle Bartley saw his goal ruled out as the Baggies nearly caused an upset before Alisson’s late heroics.

FILE PHOTO: The goalkeeper sealed a 2-1 victory for Liverpool at The Hawthorns on Sunday in the most sensational fashion. PICTURE: Liverpool/Twitter

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WEST BROMWICH: Alisson Becker headed a last-gasp winning goal to keep hope for Liverpool Premier League top four.

Liverpool secured a corner kick in the last minutes, where Alisson managed to score a winning goal against West Brom. However, winning against West Brom leaves Liverpool with the hope of winning the next game in order to be in the top four Premier League.

Alisson becomes the sixth goalkeeper to score in the Premier League, following in the footsteps of Peter Schmeichel, Brad Friedel, Paul Robinson, Tim Howard and Asmir Begovic.

Liverpool outclassed Manchester United 4-2 during the week and won three points and today played the most challenging game fighting for the top four finish. Today’s win against West Brom leaves them standing at number five.

West Brom initially matched their visitors and took the lead in the 15th minute after unpicking Liverpool too easily. It was Hal Robson-Kanu who scored his first goal in Premier League since November 2017 to put West Brom ahead against Liverpool.

Unfortunately, they were on level terms just after the hour mark before the finish of the first half after Sadio Mane raced away to find Firmino only for Grady Diangana’s tackle to see the ball roll free.

Mane then nipped in ahead of the dawdling Bartley to poke to Mohamed Salah who curled into the bottom corner from 18 yards. It was the striker’s 22nd goal of the season and drew him level with Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot.

Jurgen Klopp’s men continued to press after the break and Mane’s celebrations were cut short by an offside flag after he converted Alexander-Arnold’s cross from close range.

Sam Johnstone saved from Salah after a quick Liverpool break and Firmino shot wide as the impressively resolute Baggies continued to frustrate.

The visitors were on top but needed an offside flag to stop Albion retaking the lead when Bartley headed in Conor Gallagher’s corner with 20 minutes left, with Matt Phillips adjudged to have been offside and interfering.

The near-miss gave them encouragement and Alisson had to smother Robson-Kanu’s effort with 12 minutes left.

Alisson said he’s happy for saving his team from losing.

“I wish my father was still alive to see me scoring this kind of a goal, we fought a lot as a team, and thank the players for fighting. I think this is the best goal for me. I am happy because at last, I managed to save my team,” said Alisson gut-wrenching match tonight.

Mohamed Salah had earlier cancelled out Hal Robson-Kanu’s first top-flight goal for almost four years. While Firmino hit the post and Mane had a goal disallowed for offside as relegated Albion gave as good as they got.

Kyle Bartley saw his goal ruled out as the Baggies nearly caused an upset before Alisson’s late heroics.

Albion’s stubborn and impressive resistance looked like holding firm with Johnstone turning Thiago’s drive behind three minutes from the end.

But Alisson had the sensational final word when he arrived to meet Alexander-Arnold’s corner and nod in past Johnstone in stoppage time.

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