Tears for unlikely goal-hero Alisson

Sports | 18 May 2021

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker fought back tears as he was the goalscoring hero for Liverpool in a 2-1 Premier League victory at West Bromwich Albion that keeps their Champions League qualification hopes alive.

With the scores level and the visitors on the brink of dropping points, Alisson headed home from a corner in the fifth minute of stoppage time - the maiden goal of his career and the first by a Liverpool 'keeper in the club's history. That has kept Liverpool's top-four fate in their own hands despite sitting fifth in the table.

Alisson has had a difficult season due to injury and he lost his father Jose in a drowning incident in February. The Brazilian could not even return home for the funeral at the time due to quarantine rules and was visibly emotional at full-time.

"I played since I remember as a human being with my father," Alisson said. "I hope he was here to see it, but I'm sure that he's seeing with God on his side and celebrating.

"You can't explain a lot of things in life. For me, the only reason for those kind of things is God and he put his hand on my head and I'm feeling really blessed."

Jurgen Klopp's men trail fourth-placed Chelsea by one point and Leicester by three, with two games left to play. But with Leicester and Chelsea still to face off, victories over Burnley and Crystal Palace will take Liverpool into the top four.

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