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MetiNews.Com - How the national media and our colleagues at the Liverpool Echo reported on West Brom's 2-1 defeat to Jurgen Klopp's side with goalkeeper Alisson Becker scoring the winner
Breaking News ! West Bromwich Albion were dealt a stoppage time sucker punch by Liverpool when goalkeeper Alisson Becker headed home the winning goal. With the score at 1-1 after Hal Robson-Kanu’s opener had been cancelled out by Mohamed Salaa, Alisson rose highest from a 95th-minute corner to arrow a header into the far corner beyond the reach of Sam Johnstone. In doing so the Brazilian became the first ever goalkeeper to score in a competitive match for Liverpool. It was an astonishing end to an afternoon full of drama in which Albion’s battling performance belied the fact they had already lost their Premier League status. Here’s a round-up of how the national media and our colleagues at the Liverpool Echo reported on the unforgettable match: Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now John Cross, the Mirror “After all the dramas and stories of this crazy season, this will be remembered like no other. “Liverpool keeper Alisson came up for a corner in the 94th minute with seemingly all hope lost in the game supposedly they could not fail to win. “After the strikers missed so many chances, there was Alisson with the brilliant, incredible and sensational glancing header to give Liverpool the most unlikely of last gasp victories. “Alisson sank to his knees, the players mobbed him and the Brazil keeper prayed to the heavens after a dramatic finish that, even by Liverpool’s remarkable standards, no-one will ever forget. Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson scores against West Brom “What a story. “Alisson became only the sixth keeper to score a goal in Premier League history, the first ever for Liverpool - and it might just save their season. “They still need to win at Burnley on Wednesday night and Crystal Palace on the final day to get into the top four but this game so nearly slipped away from them until Alisson’s dramatic intervention. “No-one could believe it. Not least West Brom manager Sam Allardyce who just started laughing at the final whistle, threw up his arms as if he did not know what to do next.” Paul Joyce, the Times “Allardyce, who had not been beaten in five previous games against Liverpool, wore the smile of the pantomime villain aware the bait was being swallowed yet again. “The opening goal was indicative of that. Thiago Alcantara gave away the foul on Okay Yokuslu, Johnstone, the West Brom goalkeeper, belted the set piece forward and head tennis ensued, before Pereira brought some order with a pass that sent Robson-Kanu clear. “The Wales forward had been played onside by Nat Phillips and steered a left-footed finish beyond the dive of Alisson. It was his first Premier League goal since November 2017. “Belatedly, Liverpool mustered a response, showing poise and quality to put passes together and inject some pace. Alcantara, Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho linked neatly to send Alcantara to the byline and his cut-back should have been dispatched by Sadio Mane, but the forward sent his effort the wrong side of the post. “Mane had returned to the line-up in place of Diogo Jota, who suffered a foot injury against Manchester United, and having said sorry for his petulance at Old Trafford when waving away Klopp’s handshake. “A more meaningful apology would follow. The referee, Mike Dean, played an unwitting role in the equaliser when getting in Fabinho’s way and awarding Liverpool a free kick rather than ordering a drop ball. It was taken quickly, with West Brom asleep - Fabinho released Roberto Firmino, who swapped passes with Mane - but the threat should have been dealt with.
. Liverpool were dominant in terms of territory, possession and goal attempts but they did not have control. “It was frantic, exhilarating for the neutral, but felt like the last few minutes of a cup game, not midway through a match between the last Premier League champions and next season’s Championship promotion hopefuls. “The second half continued in the same go-for-broke vein. Pereira found himself on a one-on-one race with Phillips from the halfway line but could only get a weak shot away, easily saved. “From Albion’s own corner, Conor Townsend was left waving his hands in the air as he saw Salah and Alexander-Arnold coming at him, two on one. It was the stuff of a young defender’s nightmares. Thankfully for the home team, though Salah timed his run to perfection onto Alexander-Arnold’s through pass, his shot was expertly held by Johnstone. This did not save Albion’s players from a right old rollicking from Sam Allardyce who suggested that since they knew what to do, then they should also do it. “Mane had one netted effort disallowed for offside; Albion were celebrating when Kyle Bartley headed home Diangana’s corner only for VAR to judge the offside Matt Phillips was in Allison’s sightline. There was still time for Alexander-Arnold to cut easily inside only to shoot over from eight yards out. It was a crazy game as Liverpool’s extinguished title defence came to its crazy end.”
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Ian Doyle, Liverpool Echo “The noise could probably be heard all the way back on Merseyside. “After an emotional Alisson concluded his post-match interview duties pitchside here at The Hawthorns, he wandered back to the dressing room. “And the raucous cheers from his ecstatic team-mates that greeted the goalkeeper and echoed around the empty stadium unmistakably spoke volumes for what had just transpired. They couldn’t properly do it justice. Nothing truly can. “But the undoubted fact is Liverpool owe everything to Alisson for still having their Champions League destiny in their own hands. “There were 94 minutes and 18 seconds on the clock when the goalkeeper, with the Reds heading for a damaging draw, flung his head at Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner from the left and powered the ball into the far corner. “It was a finish of which any number nine would have been proud, let alone a keeper who had never before scored a competitive goal in his career. “Mind you, having spent the second half watching his team-mates fritter away chance after chance during an increasingly desperate effort, Alisson clearly felt it was time to show how it was done.”
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