The game vs West Bromwich Albion was an crucial one for Liverpool as they look to vie for a Champions League spot, going into this game trailing Chelsea by four points with a game in hand.
Liverpool looked a confident side after their scintillating 4-2 win against Manchester United away at old Trafford two days ago with Klopp starting Sadio Mane, who looked disappointed with the coach’s selection last time out. Sam Allardyce coached side West Brom had a weeks rest after their 3-1 loss against Arsenal seven days ago.
What happened in the game
The match started disappointingly for Liverpool when West Brom’s Hall Robson Kanu coolly slotted home early in the 15th minute to give The Albions the lead and open his account for this season. It was the Welshman’s first Premier League start in three and half years and he didn’t miss the opportunity to prove.
Liverpool gradually strengthened their foothold in the game and eventually equalized when Mane found Salah at the edge of the box in 33rd minute and Salah’s instinctive finish from the edge of the area bound the bottom corner of Albion goal, with Johnstone failing to reach it. It was Salah’s 23rd goal of the season, taking him back level with Spurs Harry Kane who had earlier scored against Wolves. two minutes later Firmino rattled the woodwork with a powerful drive from inside the box.
West Brom looked as if they taken the lead in the second half through Kyle Bartley but it was ruled offside.
Liverpool probed on for a winner and became increasingly frustrated, as they needed a win to still keep their top four hopes alive.
Their desperate search for a winner eventually proved fruitful as it ultimately came from the most unlikeliest sources in the dyng embers of the match.
Liverpool’s Brazilian Goalkeeper Alisson went up for a corner deep in the added time in search of the much evading goal. Trent Alexander Arnold curled the corner into the box in the 94th minute, and it was Alisson who leapt higher than everybody else to nod the ball into the far right corner to give Liverpool a gasping victory.
After the match, Alisson told Sky Sports that he wished his father could have been there to witness the incredible moment.
“I cannot be more happier than I am now.”
“I saw it coming — I just tried to be in a good position to try to help my team,” Alisson said.
“Nobody follows me. I was lucky and blessed. Nobody can explain these types of things.” said the ecstatic Brazilian.
“We needed Ali to sort it… the header was unbelievable!” Jurgen Klopp was unsurprisingly delighted to see Alisson score the winner as he took all three points from the game.
With this win Liverpool stay in fifth place on 63 points from 36 games, one behind Chelsea in the fourth and final qualification position. Leicester City is in third on 66 points, with the latter two to meeting on Tuesday.