Watch: Emotional Alisson dedicates unlikely winning goal to his late father

Needing a victory to keep their Champions League qualification hopes in their own hands, Alisson marched up to glance in from six yards to seal a 2-1 victory
Watch: Emotional Alisson dedicates unlikely winning goal to his late father

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson celebrates with Roberto Firmino after scoring the winner at The Hawthorns. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA

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Goalkeeper Alisson Becker headed a dramatic stoppage-time winner at West Brom to keep Liverpool’s Champions League hopes alive.

Needing a victory to keep Champions League qualification in their own hands, the Brazil international glanced in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner to clinch a 2-1 win.

He was mobbed by his team-mates after his shock goal moved Liverpool to within a point of fourth-placed Chelsea with two Premier League games left.

An emotional Alisson fought back the tears as he dedicated his goal to his late father, Jose Agostinho Becker, who drowned near his home in Brazil in February.

“I’m too emotional,” Alisson told Sky Sports. “This last month for everything that happened with me, with my family, but football is my life, the places, everything I remember as a human being.

“With my father, I hope he was here to see it, but I’m sure he was seeing, with God at his side, celebrating.”

Alisson, unable to return to Brazil following his father’s death due to the coronavirus pandemic, also said his goal was for his family and team-mates.

“What a fight,” Alisson said. “Sometimes we are fighting and fighting and things are just not happening like this afternoon here and just scoring this goal, I’m really happy to help them because we fight a lot together.

“We have a goal to achieve the Champions League because we won it once and everything started with the qualification, so I can’t be more happy than I am now.” 

The Brazilian joked it was the best goal he had scored, adding: “It was the perfect time. The cross was brilliant again. I just tried to put my head on the ball and I think it was one of the best goals I’ve scored!

“I’m really happy. I don’t have too many words, I just have to say thank you to the players because they fight a lot. We fight a lot.”

Mohamed Salah had earlier cancelled out Hal Robson-Kanu’s first top-flight goal for almost four years.

Roberto Firmino hit the post and Sadio 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.

West Brom (4-4-1-1): Johnstone 8; Furlong 6, Ajayi 6, Bartley 8, Townsend 6; M Phillips 6, Yokuslu 6 (Livermore 74 mins, 6), Gallagher 6, Diangana 6 (Maitland-Niles 73 mins, 6); Pereira 7; Robson-Kanu 7 (Grant 81 mins, 6).

Substitutes: Robinson, Diagne, Peltier, Button, O’Shea, Gardner-Hickman.

Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson 7; Alexander-Arnold 7, N Phillips 7, R Williams 7 (Wijnaldum 84 mins, 6), Robertson 6; Thiago 7, Fabinho 7, Jones 6 (Shaqiri 50 mins, 6); Salah 8, Firmino 7, Mané 8.

Substitutes: Adrián, Tsimikas, Origi, Woodburn, Clarkson, N Williams, Koumetio.

Referee: Mike Dean 7/10.

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