Goalkeeper Alisson Becker scored an unbelievable stoppage time winner for Liverpool against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League, as they took a massive step towards a place in the Champions League next season.
The score was tied at 1-1 going into the 95th minute, with the Reds desperate for a goal which would keep them right on the tail of Leicester City and Chelsea with two games of the campaign to go.
Alisson was sent up for a corner, and the Brazilian headed home superbly after a wicked delivery from Trent Alexander-Arnold. The scenes that ensued were spectacular, with Jurgen Klopp looking genuinely startled on the touchline.
The 2018/19 Golden Glove winner has suffered an inconsistent season, with off the field problems meaning he hasn’t been at his best. Therefore, it was quite fitting that he may have just grabbed the crucial goal to salvage Liverpool’s season.
Interestingly, the Reds’ recent record against the Baggies hadn’t been great, failing to win in their last four game against them. This run looked like it may continue, after West Brom had taken an early lead, thanks to a wonderful finish from Hal Robson-Kanu.
The striker was making his first start in the Premier League since 2017, and his impressive performance will give Sam Allardyce - should he decide to stay on next season - some food for thought ahead of their campaign in the Championship.
Liverpool hit back on the 33-minute mark, with Mohamed Salah’s instinctive strike bringing his side back in the game. The Egyptian’s goal drew him level with Harry Kane at the top of the Golden Boot standings with 22 goals, and without his input this season, Liverpool could be a lot further down the table.
Roberto Firmino nearly gave his side the lead later on in the first half, after his shot just inside the penalty area rattled the outside of the post.
Despite the goals from Salah and Alisson, it was Thiago Alcantara who stood out. The mercurial midfielder has struggled this season after failing to settle after signing from Bayern Munich in the summer.
However, the Spaniard has gradually stepped up his performances, and was a class apart at the Hawthorns, dictating player in the middle of the park.
Alexander-Arnold was also magnificent. The 22-year-old put in yet another tremendous performance since his surprise exclusion from the England squad a few months ago. With Gareth Southgate watching on in the crowd, he will be hoping he has done enough in the last few games to earn a place on the plane to the European Championships this summer.
In light of the recent European Super League fiasco, this match showcased the quality, intensity and integrity of the Premier League. An already relegated side took last season’s champions all the way to the wire. There was little doubt already, but this is football truly at its best.