The Warmdown: Alisson saves Liverpool's season... with a goal!
WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Alisson of Liverpool celebrates with Roberto Firmino, Thiago and team mates after scoring their side's second goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns on May 16, 2021 in West Bromwich, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Wow. In what has been one of the most unusual of seasons for everyone involved, the Premier League produced yet another jaw dropping moment that left every viewer rubbing their eyes, bewildered at what they had just seen. 

Liverpool's hopes for qualifying for next seasons Champions League looked to have dissipated in the hands of West Bromwich Albion. Sam Allardyce had The Reds' number once again as he looked to continue his unbeaten run against Liverpool. His side set up well in the second half and seemed to have earned themselves a consolation point to their upsetting season. 

With the last kick of the game, Liverpool were awarded a corner. As Trent Alexander-Arnold stepped up to take the set-piece, up stepped Alisson into the penalty area. 1-1, 95 minutes played, the corner swung in. Unmarked and aware, Alisson rose and produced what can only be described as a strikers header. The ball flew past Sam Johnstone and into the side netting winning it at the death for Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's men bombarded the 'keeper in elation for what has been a tough season personally for the Brazilian.

The Reds had a frustrating opening 15 minutes to the match. Poor defensive awareness from Rhys Williams at the back opened up space for Hal Robson-Kanu who was coolly slotted through. Having not scored a Premier League goal in four years, the Welshman professionally finished to Alisson left giving The Baggies the lead.

Mohamed Salah was the man to rescue Liverpool's first half. Ten minutes from time the Egyptian instinctively struck the ball first time, after Sadio Mane won it off the West Brom defence on the edge of the box. His effort was perfectly placed, soaring off the far left post and into the net, levelling up the scores. This goal also levels him with Harry Kane at the top of the golden boot race with 22 goals apiece. 

This results means Liverpool are only one point off fourth place and three points off third with Chelsea and Leicester to play each other on Tuesday evening.

Alisson Wonderland

It has been a tough season for Alisson. With injury setbacks at the start of the season to then sadly losing his father, it definitely has not been an easy journey for him. Add to that Liverpool's awful league form and there has not been a lot to cheer about in the Brazilian's camp. 

However, this remarkable header is sure to lighten the mood. The most unlikely of goal scorers scoring the winning goal with a masterful header. Not to mention saving Liverpool's Champions League hopes. 

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His header marks the first ever goal scored by a goalkeeper for Liverpool in the entire history of the club. He also becomes to first goalkeeper to score the winning goal with his head in a Premier League match. 

A special night for the Spaniard

Despite not scoring or assisting in any of the goals, Thiago was awarded man-of-the-match for a brilliant performance. Liverpool's summer signing took time to adjust to life at Liverpool at the start of the season. Contracting COVID-19 to picking up injuries, his progression in the squad has been hindered but in recent performances he has shown why he was named in the FIFPRO team of the season. 

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The midfielder bossed the centre of the pitch for the full 90 minutes. His creativity and intelligence shone through as he set the tempo for Liverpool's attack. The Spaniard produced five key passes with a pass accuracy of 91% showing how prolific he is in keeping possession and creating chances for The Reds.

With Fabinho moving back to holding midfielder it has freed up Thiago to be a lot more creative with the ball and gives him a free roam of the midfield which highlights his attributes and why he was brought into the squad.

Liverpool's top four hopes

This win puts Liverpool in the drivers seat for the race to finish in the top four. Currently they sit in fifth position with one point off Chelsea in fourth and three points off Leicester in third. To make matters even more interesting, Leicester and Chelsea play each other on Tuesday evening, meaning one team if not both wont be taking away three points. 

This means if Liverpool are to win their final two matches (Burnley away and Crystal Palace at home) then they will be playing Champions League football next season. 

In what has been a season riddled with injuries, poor results and no fans, to get Champions League football will rescue what has undoubtedly been a disastrous season for Liverpool. 

 

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