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LAST GASP ALISSON: Liverpool keep Champions League hopes on track

Liverpool were staring at a dismal point against West Brom until Alisson Becker headed in to win the game at the death and keep their Champions League destiny in their hands.

The Reds goalkeeper had made his way into the box with his team in the last chance saloon as their Champions League hopes looked to be suffering a blow.

He was left unmarked in the area and had a free header to give the visitors a vital victory in the top four race.

Trent Alexander Arnold whipped in another excellent delivery to give Alisson a simple header, with reports that Gareth Southgate is still planning to leave the right-back out of his Euro 2020 plans.

 

 

Refereeing controversy

 

The Baggies were disallowed a goal from a corner which would have put them 2-1 up when Kyle Bartley tapped in but the flag went up to rule out the strike.

VAR showed the centre back was offside but they deemed Matt Phillips to be obstructing Alisson's view and behind the Liverpool defence.

Baggies fans felt harshly done by after the decision and Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher agreed.

West Brom had taken the lead in the early stages when Hal Robson Kanu slotted home after exploiting the two young centre backs at the heart of Liverpool's defence.

A flick on fell to Matheus Pereira who released the Welshman to fire an effort past Alisson.

Liverpool were level later in the first half when an instinctive Mohamed Salah strike from outside the area beat Sam Johnstone.

There was more controversy regarding that decision, though.

In the buildup, referee Mike Dean had stopped the game after he had obstructed Fabinho and impacted his ability to play a pass.

Some argued there should have been a drop ball, or that the game shouldn't have been stopped at all.

 

'For you, Dad' - Alisson on his vital goal to keep Liverpool alive in the Champions League race

 

Alisson tragically lost his father earlier this year after he drowned in a lake near his home in Brazil.

The Reds stopper was understandably emotional when talking after the game.

"This last month for everything that has happened with me and my family, but football is my life - I played since I can remember with my father," said Alisson.

"I hope he was here to see it, I'm sure he is celebrating with God at his side."

The Reds goalkeeper knows the importance of the goal for their top four ambitions. However, he hopes they won't be relying on him to come up with the goods again.

"Hopefully I don't have to come up too many times to score goals! Sometimes you are fighting and things aren't happening.

"I'm really happy to help them because we fight together and have a strong goal to achieve the Champions League because we have won it once and everything starts with qualification.

"So I can't be more happy than I am now."

The Reds remain in charge of their Champions League destiny, with two wins from their remaining two games guaranteeing them a top four finish.

For the Baggies, it's two final Premier League games before they return to the Championship after one season in the top tier.


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