Alisson Becker: Liverpool’s hero on both ends of the pitch

SCOTT MASON on the importance of the Brazilian’s 95th-minute winning goal for Liverpool’s season.

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Before the 95th minute against West Brom, this piece was originally supposed to focus on Thiago Alcântara and his ever-growing influence on this Liverpool team after an excellent display against West Brom.

Then, Alisson Becker headed in a last-minute winner.

There was no doubt that Thiago was his side’s man-of-the-match, but when the ‘keeper comes forward for a corner and heads one in like he’s a veteran forward to possibly make the difference on whether his side will play Champions League football next season, it can’t be ignored.


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The delivery of the corner was just as good as the header itself. Trent Alexander-Arnold, fresh from an outstanding performance against Manchester United, delivered the perfect ball into the box.

The No.1 then connected with the ball and glanced it into the far corner where, once the ball had rustled the net, chaos began on the pitch and across the Reds’ global fanbase.

It was perhaps the £67m man’s greatest ever save for the club – and it came in the form of a header on the other end of the pitch.

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The Brazilian’s goal also set a number of records. He became the first Liverpool goalkeeper to score in the club’s history, and also became the first ‘keeper to score a headed goal in the Premier League. His 95th minute strike also marked the first winning goal scored by a goalie in the competition.

On his usual end of the pitch Alisson, did not have much to do with the home side only managing three shots on target. Across the match, the former Roma man made two saves and claimed one aerial ball.

He was also commanding from set-pieces as well as crosses which remained a key threat from Sam Allardyce’s side.

After the final whistle, the emotions were clear from the Brazil international who dedicated his goal to his late father in a moving interview with Sky Sports.

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When we look back at the end of the season his goal could mark a crucial moment for Liverpool’s top four hopes.

Burnley are up next for Jürgen Klopp’s side, and the Clarets will provide a different challenge to what they faced at The Hawthorns. With Turf Moor welcoming back fans – 25pc of the stadium’s capacity – as the Reds chase another three points.

Alisson will hope once again to become a difference maker for his side next time, but it’s likely to be in preventing goals rather than scoring them.


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