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Liverpool’s season was coming to an end. The time had passed 90 minutes, including the four minutes that had been inserted. The Reds were dredging in the West Midlands mud, desperate to keep their Champions League dreams alive. And their goalkeeper wanted to act on his initiative. To be more precise, onto his head.
Brazil international has previously been involved in corner situations. In reality, I’ve done it a few times this season. But there he was, rising to follow Trent Alexander-left-wing Arnold’s corner with the most exquisite of headers, just when Jurgen Klopp needed him the most. Liverpool leads 2-1 in the far corner.
What is it about this club that appeals to you? How do they keep conjuring up these feelings, moments, and rollercoaster rides?
Alisson is the sixth goalkeeper in Premier League history to score a goal and the first for Liverpool. And this wasn’t just some goal; in the light of the Reds’ season, it was a game-changing goal. It leaves them in a strong position to finish in the top four. The groans could be heard in Leicester and Chelsea as Liverpool celebrated – and boy did they rejoice. On Tuesday, they will meet at Stamford Bridge. The Reds are happy with every outcome.
At 1-1, it seemed Klopp’s side had faltered, unable to break down a determined West Brom defense. They had fallen behind to Hal Robson-early Kanu’s goal but were leveled by Mo Salah’s customary equalizer. Then they puffed and huffed their way out of the house without blowing it down.
Salah was unable to score. Roberto Firmino was unable to score. Trent Alexander-Arnold failed to score when he needed to. Just seven minutes are remaining. Gini Wijnaldum was a snub. There were two minutes left.
The board was raised and four more have been released. Klopp chuckled. One of those rueful, cynical grins. There isn’t enough time. This isn’t the case.