West Brom 1-2 Liverpool: Alisson stunner keeps Liverpool in top-four hunt

The goal, as you can imagine, is the first goal Alisson has scored in his career

Goalkeeper Alisson scored an incredible added-time winner as Liverpool scored a significant win in their quest to get a top four in the Premier League by beating West Brom from behind.

With three points a must and seconds from a game where the visitors had been frustrated by a persistent and disciplined Baggies, the Brazilian goalkeeper took a corner.

It was surely the Reds’ last chance to secure victory, and so it turned out when Alisson stood up to toss Trent Alexander-Arnold’s delivery into the farthest corner of the net, sending the away team delirious.

In an example of exceptional timing, it is the first time a goalkeeper has scored a competitive goal for Liverpool in its entire history, dating back to 1892.

The breathtaking moment brings the Reds just one point and one place behind Chelsea in fourth and three points below third-placed Leicester, two games to go.

The fact that the Blues and Foxes face each other in their next league game gives Jürgen Klopp’s team a great chance to take control of their own fate in the race for Champions League qualification when they travel to Burnley on Wednesday.

It got off to a terrible start for the reigning champions at the Hawthorns when Hal Robson-Kanu completed his first Premier League start since December 2017 with a neat sidefoot finish to give West Brom the lead.

A typically concise finish by Mohamed Salah brought the guests to a level. The Egyptian’s low shot at the far post put him on 22 goals this season, with Harry Kane topping the scorers list.

When Roberto Firmino shot against the woodwork, Sadio Mane saw an offside excluded and others disappeared in front of the goal, it looked like the Reds had taken their chance.

But Alisson’s big moment keeps her on the hunt.

“I was just trying to run to a good place and be there to help my players get a defender, but no one followed me and I am happy and blessed, sometimes things that cannot be explained” Alisson told Sky Sports.

“You can’t explain a lot of things in my life, the only reason is God and he put his hand on my head today and I feel very blessed.”

He also paid tribute to his emotionally The late father who drowned in February at the age of 57.

“I’ve been too emotional for everything that’s happened to me and my family this past month, but football is my life. I’ve played since I can remember my father,” he added.

“I hope he was here to see it, I’m sure he is celebrating with God by his side.”

Alisson makes history in Liverpool

Liverpool have had some wonderful and dramatic moments during Klopp’s time as manager, from their comeback in the Champions League to crucial late goals en route to their first top title win in 30 years.

Alisson’s header is right up there with the best and will be long remembered by Reds fans.

This is especially the case when it comes to qualifying for the Champions League. It is not to be underestimated how important the moment is in this regard.

At the corner, the Reds faced the very real prospect of a place in the Europa League as the only reward at the end of a difficult and sometimes difficult season according to their own high standards.

At the final whistle, after the away team bullied their goalkeeper, they were given the opportunity to reflect on a situation that is now firmly in their own hands.

For much of the second half with the Hawthorns, Klopp’s side puffed and puffed without shaking West Brom’s door an inch. Drives went nowhere, passes led to dead ends and when they came, shots too often hit the stand behind the gate.

Salah had done his part in the first half but was well placed in the second, Mane remains a shadow of his former self and midfield did not play with the speed and precision it took to open a very well trained defense.

However, what does it matter when you have a goalkeeper who can choose his moment and head a ball, as Alisson demonstrated right on death?

An exit card? Possibly. A wake-up call for the last two games? Probably. Something to add to a long list of magical moments in the Premier League? Certainly.

Liverpool have now scored 38 winning goals in the 90th minute or later of a Premier League game. That’s 13 more than any other team in Premier League history.

Few of them could prove so important.

Baggies seconds before the Reds frustrated again

West Brom have seen few positive results this season, but they were excruciatingly close to frustrating the champions for the second time of the season after drawing at Anfield in late December.

They spent a lot of time on their hindfoot but had their attacking moments, especially Robson Canoe’s decent finish after a pass from the once again impressive Matheus Pereira.

The Brazilian has scored (10) or assisted (six) (48.5%) 16 of West Brom’s 33 Premier League goals this season. Only Harry Kane for Tottenham (55.6%) was directly involved in a higher quota for his team.

If the Baggies are rebuilt in the summer, it is unlikely that they will lack applicants if they want to discharge their star man.

Albion also thought they snatched the win themselves when Kyle Bartley walked in from a corner, but it was ruled out that an offside Matt Phillips blocked Alisson’s view from a corner.

“If you said you were right down in Stockley Park, that’s nonsense,” said BBC boss Sam Allardyce. “If they say that the referee or the linesman did not allow this goal, it is a shame. There is no interference with the goalkeeper.

“All these things that people say they have to do to stop the goalkeeper from saving them. If there was no one around, he still would not have saved them. It’s confusing.”

More will follow.

Player of the game

AlissonAlisson

West Bromwich Albion

  1. Cadre number4thPlayernameRobson canoe

  2. Cadre number1PlayernameJohnstone

  3. Cadre number5PlayernameBartley

  4. Cadre number2PlayernameEighth mile

  5. Cadre number12thPlayernameMatheus Pereira

  6. Cadre number6thPlayernameAjayi

  7. Cadre number10PlayernamePhillips

  8. Cadre number14thPlayernameTownsend

  9. Cadre number18thPlayernameGallagher

  10. Cadre number35Playernametomorrow

  11. Cadre number30thPlayernameMaitland-Niles

  12. Cadre number11PlayernameDiangana

  13. Cadre number8thPlayernameLivermore

  14. Cadre number29PlayernameGrant

Constellations

West Brom

formation 4-4-1-1

1Johnstone

2Eighth mile6thAjayi5Bartley14thTownsend

10Phillips18thGallagher35tomorrow11Diangana

12thCosta Pereira

4thRobson canoe

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2Eighth mile
  • 6thAjayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 14thTownsend
  • 10Phillips
  • 18thGallagher
  • 35tomorrowReplaced byLivermoreat the 75 ‘protocol
  • 11DianganaReplaced byMaitland-Nilesat the 73 ‘protocol
  • 12thCosta Pereira
  • 4thRobson canoeReplaced byGrantat the 82 ‘protocol

replacement

  • 7thRobinson
  • 8thLivermore
  • 17thDiagne
  • 22ndPeltier
  • 25thbutton
  • 27O’Shea
  • 29Grant
  • 30thMaitland-Niles
  • 45Gardner-Hickman

Liverpool

formation 4-3-3

1Alisson

66Alexander-Arnold47Phillips46R Williams26thRobertson

6thThiago Alcantara3Fabinho17thJones

11Not correct9Firmino10mane

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 47Phillips
  • 46R WilliamsReplaced byWijnaldumat the 84 ‘protocol
  • 26thRobertson
  • 6thThiago Alcantara
  • 3Fabinho
  • 17thJonesReplaced byShaqiriat the 59 ‘protocol
  • 11Not correct
  • 9Firmino
  • 10mane

replacement

  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 13thAdrian
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 27Orig
  • 58Woodburn
  • 65Clarkson
  • 76N Williams
  • 89Koumetio

Live text

  1. End of the game, West Bromwich Albion 1, Liverpool 2.

  2. The second half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Liverpool 2.

  3. Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Liverpool 2. Alisson (Liverpool) headed from the center of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross following a corner.

  4. Corner of Liverpool. The corner was scored by Darnell Furlong.

  5. Attempt blocked. Thiago (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Prepared by Georginio Wijnaldum.

  6. Corner of Liverpool. The corner was scored by Darnell Furlong.

  7. Attempt blocked. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Prepared by Andrew Robertson.

  8. Missed attempt. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) right footed shot from the center of the box is just wide of the top right corner. Prepared by Mohamed Salah.

  9. Corner of Liverpool. The corner was created by Sam Johnstone.

  10. Attempt saved. Thiago (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the lower right corner. Prepared by Roberto Firmino.

  11. Corner of Liverpool. The corner was caused by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

  12. Nathaniel Phillips (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Foul by Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion).

  14. Foul by Sadio Mané (Liverpool).

  15. Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution, Liverpool. Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Rhys Williams.

  17. Missed attempt. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) left footed shot from the center of the box is too high. Prepared by Fabinho.

  18. Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Karlan Grant replaces Hal Robson’s canoe.

  19. Missed attempt. The right-footed shot by Thiago (Liverpool) from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri.

  20. Corner of West Bromwich Albion. The corner was caused by Alisson.

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