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Breaking News ! The noise could probably be heard all the way back on Merseyside. After an emotional Alisson Becker 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. Read More Related Articles Roberto Firmino sends emotional message over Liverpool captaincy and Alisson goal Read More Related Articles Fabinho reveals Liverpool dressing room reaction to Alisson goal against West Brom 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. Almost as remarkable as becoming the first goalkeeper to score for the Reds was that it came from a corner, given how Jurgen Klopp’s side continually wasted decent set-pieces. In the end, it was 13th time lucky. The disbelieving visiting bench spilled on to the pitch to celebrate. Rarely will there have been a more popular matchwinner, Alisson’s colleagues acutely aware of the personal difficulties with which he has had to contend in recent months. Even in a history as illustrious and packed as Liverpool’s, it was a remarkable moment, their 38th winning goal in the 90th minute or later in the Premier League – 13 more than any other team. But until Alisson took it upon himself to saunter upfield, the afternoon had an unerringly familiar look as the Reds struggled to unpick an already-relegated West Brom well-drilled in the spoiling tactics of Sam Allardyce, their regular nemesis in his absolute element. It didn’t help that wayward Liverpool defending had allowed Hal Robson-Kanu to score his first Premier League goal since December 2017. Sign up to our free LFC email newsletter Get all the latest Liverpool breaking news, team news, transfer rumours, injury updates plus analysis of what's next for the Reds. You'll also get the latest transfer talk and analysis straight to your inbox every day with our FREE email newsletter. Sign up here - it only takes a few seconds! And although Mohamed Salah’s sumptuous 31st goal of the season drew the visitors level before the break, the failure to turn possession into meaningful chances again frustrated. The Reds, however, deserve credit for refusing to throw in the towel, as may have been the case mere weeks ago. With Thiago Alcantara outstanding – the Spaniard showing in recent weeks that, when it truly matters, class will always out – and Alexander-Arnold again bustling with threat, the sheer desire, if not always quality, shone though, this the second time in four days Liverpool had come from behind to gain three points.
. So too, though, is Liverpool’s injury crisis. Diogo Jota’s season-ending foot problem meant Klopp was without 10 senior players, the bench fleshed out with young trio Leighton Clarkson, Ben Woodburn and Billy Koumetio. Indeed, with an average age of 26 years and 80 days, this was the Reds’ youngest starting line-up in the Premier League this season, Curtis Jones making his first start since early April in place of Gini Wijnaldum. Liverpool didn’t start well, and West Brom’s 15th-minute opener was avoidable as the unmarked Robson-Kanu confidently stroking home after being released by Matheus Perieira down the Reds’ inside left channel.
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It took the visitors until the 24th minute to fashion an opportunity, Sadio Mane – recalled for the stricken Jota – curling a first-time shot wide after a good move culminated with Thiago’s whipped cross from the right. But the gradually increasing pressure paid off nine minutes later. After lamentable referee Mike Dean ordered a Reds attack to be brought back when colliding with Fabinho near the halfway line, Roberto Firmino restarted play quickly. West Brom thought they’d dealt with the danger but Mane nipped in front of Kyle Bartley on the edge of the area and teed up Salah to sweep home a fine first-time left-footed finish. The benching of Wijnaldum meant Firmino, as the longest-serving starting player, was named skipper for the first time, the third Brazilian to have the honour after Lucas Leiva and Philippe Coutinho. And he was inches away from marking the occasion with a goal as he struck the post shortly before Alexander-Arnold’s fine block denied Robson-Kanu a second. The second half wasn’t quite entirely attack-versus-defence but Liverpool enjoyed the far greater possession as West Brom retreated deeper and deeper towards their own goal. Firmino twice shot wide, Salah was hounded out, good defending cleared a dangerous Robertson cross and Thiago was inches away with a curling effort.
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But Liverpool's greater need allowed West Brom to retain a threat on the counter-attack, and after Alisson saved well from Robson-Kanu the visitors were relieved a Bartley goal was contentiously disallowed due to Matt Phillips obstructing the keeper’s view while stood in an offside position. By then, Klopp had thrown the dice with Xherdan Shaqiri later followed by Wijnaldum from the bench, the latter close with an effort after Alexander-Arnold blazed over a glorious opportunity. Then Alisson decided enough was enough, wandered upfield and notched a little piece of history. What a way to end behind-closed-doors football – and keep alive Liverpool’s top-four hopes. One down, two to go. But whatever happens over the next week, surely nothing can compare to this unforgettable afternoon and it’s astonishing finale.
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