Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson made the 80m journey into West Bromwich Albion’s penalty area, more in hope than any expectation of scoring the stoppage-time goal that would keep alive his team’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League.
After all, he’d never scored a goal in his career. No Liverpool ‘keeper had in the club’s 129-year history.
One textbook header from a corner changed all that.
In one of the most sensational moments of this or any Premier League season, Alisson – with his gloves on and unmissable in his black shirt and shorts – found space in the middle of the area to glance a header into the bottom corner from a perfect delivery by Trent Alexander-Arnold and secure Liverpool a dramatic 2-1 win on Sunday.
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It came in the fifth minute of added-on time and was delivered with the technique of an established striker.
Alisson got up off the ground and was immediately mobbed by his teammates. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was speechless in his technical area.
A goalkeeper had scored for just the sixth time in Premier League history – none of the previous five had been a winner.