Alisson Saves Liverpool’s Season

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson created a staggering injury-time and made a beeline to grab a 2-1 victory at West Brom, which keeps the Reds’ top-four expectations alive.

While it was an unquestionable requirement win for Liverpool in their bid for a top-four finish, the pressing factor was off for Championship-bound West Brom and, after a progression of set-pieces were dispatched into the Reds’ penalty area, Allardyce’s side hit first with a smooth move.

Matheus Pereira got the ball halfway into Liverpool’s half and flicked a brilliant pass past Rhys Williams, who had pushed up, for Robson-Kanu to run on to. The striker was making his initial start in the top flight in three and a half years yet finished in style to record his first Premier League goal since November 2017.

Liverpool reacted well, however, and had a progression of possibilities, with Sadio Mane – back in the starting XI instead of the injured Diogo Jota – shooting wide, Williams seeing an exertion obstructed, and Salah terminating directly at Sam Johnstone.

It was that man Salah who concocted something extraordinary to pull his side level on 33 minutes. With the ball bobbing around the edge of the West Brom region, Mane pushed it to Salah and he whipped a splendid low, left-foot shot into the far corner.

There was some debate in the development, with official Mike Dean granting Liverpool a free-kick after he hindered Fabinho, when a drop-ball appeared to be the more fitting restart, however there was bounty more activity before Salah’s strike.

The goal moved him level with Harry Kane in the Golden Boot standings – a race which looks set to go last minute very much like the top-four fight.

Liverpool might have had a second on 35 minutes when Roberto Firmino’s shot struck the post after a Mane backheel deflected through to him in the box – albeit West Brom conveyed a token of their danger on the crush when Alexander-Arnold sprinted back to forestall Robson-Kanu multiplying his count.

The odds kept on streaming at the two ends of the pitch after the break, with Mane tracking down the net from an offside position four minutes after the restart before Nat Phillips followed back splendidly to assuage Pereira’s work on the counter-attack.

It was right around a Liverpool breakaway which did the harm minutes after the fact when Alexander-Arnold drove his side up the pitch at lightning speed before Salah impacted at Johnstone, while Firmino and Thiago Alcantara were barely askew either side of Alisson denying Robson-Kanu from another on-one.

After Bartley saw his short proximity finish from a corner precluded in light of Matt Phillips remaining before Alisson in an offside position, it was all Liverpool in the final stages, with Alexander-Arnold blowing an opportunity of a lifetime with seven minutes to play, terminating over from short proximity in the wake of cutting in to his left side foot.

Thiago and substitute Gini Wijnaldum were the closest to go close yet in the end it was their own goalkeeper who showed them how it ought to be finished.

Sent up in the fifth minute of injury-time, Alisson was unmarked by the West Brom defense and made them pay, allowing an incredible header into the furthest corner.

The Brazilian, whose father deplorably passed away recently, was apparently passionate at the final whistle as Klopp accepted him in the midst of the Reds’ festivals.

In Liverpool’s whole club history since they were established in 1892, Alisson is the main goalkeeper at any point to score a cutthroat goal for the club.

It couldn’t come at a superior energy for the club either, with the Reds now in post situation to fit the bill for next season’s Champions League because of Alisson’s famous last-hole victor against West Brom.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are on 63 points, which puts them only one behind Chelsea and three behind Leicester City.

Those two groups play each other next Tuesday evening, implying that if Liverpool can win their excess two Premier League games against Burnley and Crystal Palace, they will finish in front of in any event one of them.

The victory keeps Liverpool’s Champions League qualifying hopes alive, moving them one point behind fourth-set Chelsea, who have third-laced Leicester at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. They know whether they can beat Burnley and Crystal Palace, they are probably going to be in Europe’s biggest club competition again next season.

 

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