Alisson made the 80-yard trip into the West Brom penalty area to score a goal that would keep his side’s chances of reaching the Champions League alive.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker scored a winner in the 95th minute as the Reds beat West Brom 2-1 on Sunday to keep a place in next season’s Champions League in their own hands.
Jurgen Klopp’s men would have needed the favors of Leicester and Chelsea in their last two games of the campaign if they had failed to beat the already relegated Baggies.
But the Brazilian was sent forward for a corner deep in the stoppage time and drove home the delivery of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool moved one point behind Chelsea, fourth, and three behind Leicester.
With Leicester and Chelsea yet to face each other in a repeat of the FA Cup final, which the Foxes won 1-0 on Saturday, wins over Burnley and Crystal Palace will put Liverpool in the top four.
Alisson’s father drowned in February in a swimming accident in his native Brazil.
“It’s too emotional. The last few months, for everything that’s happened to me, to my family, but football is my life, ”Alisson told Sky Sports.
“I have been playing since I can remember with my dad. Hope he was here to see it, but I’m sure he saw it with God by his side and celebrating.
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A first victory at Manchester United in seven years on Thursday kept Liverpool’s fate in the top four with its own hands.
And after injuries ravaged their Premier League title defense, Klopp can feel his luck finally turned into a thrilling final at The Hawthorns.
West Brom believed they had taken a 2-1 lead with 20 minutes remaining when Kyle Bartley hit a corner.
The Baggies captain was on the line, but Matt Philipps was deemed to have obstructed Alisson’s view from an offside position.
“It’s all kind of our season in a nutshell,” Klopp said.
“We do a lot of good things, we get punished for the first mistake and then we have to work like crazy. I liked it because no one went above and beyond, we kept playing football and had the best chances in the last five minutes.
Klopp had to cope without any of his top center-backs for months after a string of injuries and the inexperienced pair of Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams were easily troubled from the start.
Hal Robson-Kanu hung on a single long ball forward at 15 minutes with Phillips playing the Welsh striker on the line and he calmly scored his first Premier League goal since 2017.
Sadio Mane reacted angrily after being dropped midweek as he ignored Klopp full-time as the German celebrated his victory over United.
The Senegalese returned in Diogo Jota’s absence due to injury, but his poor form showed little sign of improvement as he ruled out a glorious chance for Thiago Alcantara’s reduction.
Fortunately for Liverpool, Mohamed Salah remained deadly in front of goal and shot his 31st of the season at home to equalize 33 minutes from the edge of the box.
Roberto Firmino then hit the post as the visitors finished the first half in the lead.
Even when Mane found the net early in the second period, he was refused by the offside flag.
West Brom had more reason to complain when Bartley’s goal was controversially ruled out.
The odds continued to come and go for the visitors as Alexander-Arnold exploded before Sam Johnstone refused to have Thiago and Gini Wijnaldum curl up next door.
But the most unlikely source came with the winner as West Brom was caught napping after Alisson’s late run into the box to meet the Alexander-Arnold corner.
“At the end of the day, we needed Ali to sort it out,” Klopp added.