Jurgen Klopp says he found himself reacting to that Alisson Becker goal like never before. The Liverpool goalkeeper scored a winner against West Brom, of course.
We’ll remember that Alisson goal forever. It was one of the maddest moments in Liverpool’s 128-year history as the Brazilian became the first goalkeeper to score a competitive goal for the club.
A 95th-minute bullet header to win the game and keep Liverpool’s Champions League hopes alive. It’s like something out of a bad film.
But this was very real – an unbelievable end to the game that Jurgen Klopp describes as ‘very special’.
Klopp on the Alisson goal
“It was a very special moment, a very special goal from a very special player, which makes it obviously all very special,” said Klopp, per Liverpoolfc.com.
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“Honestly, in the dressing room I have never watched a goal more often directly after a game than this goal.”
He was far from the only one. It took us at least four or five watches before we even believed it happened. As we said, this is a moment you’ll never forget and one that immediately deserved to be relived again and again.
The big factor about this goal was how important it was, of course. Liverpool desperately needed three points to pile pressure on Chelsea and Leicester City.
That’s what made it all so special – Liverpool needed it. It was far from just a goal.
The Reds now face Burnley at Turf Moor tomorrow needing the same. A win, that is, not necessarily an Alisson goal. The West Brom fixture was likely good practice, too.
Both the Baggies and Burnley like to sit back, keep things tight and make it a gritty, physical game. Playing them back-to-back like this might be helpful.
Because the Reds can take a lot of positives from Sunday’s match. They dominated possession, created a ton of chances and should have won by far more. Yes, it took a miracle winner but the overall performance was solid.
Liverpool can lineup tomorrow knowing they’ll create chances if they go again. It’s just up to players other than Mohamed Salah and the goalkeeper to put them away this time.
A huge game, then, in the top four race. The Reds know that a win tomorrow and another on Sunday almost certainly gives them a Champions League spot next season.
The only way that changes is if a mad result happens that sees Leicester City sufficiently boost their goal difference. Hopefully, though, Alisson’s winner was enough madness for the rest of the season.