Goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Mohamed Salah saw West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool go into the break level. The Liverpool top four hopes looked set to end until the most unlikeliest of goalscorers stepped up in the final minute of added time in the Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
It is always incredible to see a goalkeeper score. Admittedly, it had been a while. But, when Alisson rose highest to hand Liverpool the three points. Nobody could quite believe it. In a season like no other, the Premier League took another bizarre turn. With all of the goalscorers on the pitch, it was not an attacker who scored. It was not a midfielder. Nor was it a defender. It was a GOALKEEPER.
The three points take Liverpool one point away from a top four place, with Chelsea(fourth) and Leicester(third) set to play on Tuesday. The Reds are currently one point away from Chelsea and three away from Leicester.
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Mohamed Salah: Simply World Class
Despite the fact that it was indeed Alisson who scored the winning goal, Mohamed Salah was the player who set the foundations for the winning goal. The Egyptian netted his 22nd goal of the Premier League season to draw level. The goal itself came from nowhere, and that just proves his class. In one heartbeat, Salah reacted to guide the ball into the bottom corner of the West Brom goal.
He is Mr reliable for Jurgen Klopp’s side. He has been ever since arriving, and the goal at the Baggies adds to his impressive list of important goals. His aforementioned strike saw him reach a total of 31 goals in all competitions. For context, that is his highest tally since his stunning 44-goal haul in his debut season.
The rightfully labelled ‘Egyptian king’ has more than earned his crown. His goal also took him level on 22 goals with Harry Kane for the Golden Boot. If he does go on to win the award, it will be his third in four seasons- summing up just how good a player he is.
Thiago Alcantara Beginning to Dictate Games as Liverpool Fight for Top Four
Thiago Alcantara hasn’t had the easiest of first seasons at Liverpool, but, once again, when next to Fabinho, he dictated the game at the Hawthorns. The former Bayern Munich man completed the most passes(96), made the most chances(five) and made the most tackles(five).
It was an all-round complete midfield display. Every time he grabbed hold of the ball, he became the puppet master, dictating play and guiding Liverpool to victory. With every game, he looks increasingly like his old self: The Bayern midfielder who Liverpool were desperate to secure.
At the perfect time of the season, he has found his mojo. Just when Liverpool needed it the most.
Alisson Makes History
The Alisson goal has been mentioned enough if you are a West Brom, Chelsea or Leicester fan. But from a Liverpool or neutral point of view, the headed winner will never get old. And it will forever be cemented in the Premier League history books.
The Brazilian became the first goalkeeper to score a winning goal in Premier League history. And, with that goal, he kept the Liverpool top four hopes well and truly alive.
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