Legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has offered a possible explanation for Alisson Becker’s dramatic winning goal against West Brom last month.
In what will go down as one of the most memorable moments in Premier League history, Alisson scored in the 95th minute to seal a 2-1 win for Liverpool and keep their top-four hopes alive.
A goalkeeper scoring a header from a corner was of course a shock, but it was even more surprising when it was scored against a Sam Allardyce side.
But ex-Manchester United man Schmeichel has offered something of an explanation to Jamie Carragher on The Greatest Games podcast.
Speaking about his role in another dramatic late win, United’s 1999 Champions League final victory, Schmeichel said: “I’m up there. It’s the first time that Bayern are not organised. That’s my contribution.
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“That’s why I always went up. If we were playing against a really organised team and we’re behind, if I come up at the end of the game, who is going to deal with someone that is 6’4”? They didn’t talk about this in the team talk.
“There is that little doubt in the Bayern team at that moment.”
Schmeichel indirectly gives insight into Alisson winner
While he didn’t mention Alisson directly, Schmeichel’s words do explain why Alisson was given so much room in the West Brom box.
Sam Allardyce’s teams are famed for their defensive organisation. The Baggies would have been well-drilled in defending set-pieces.
They are one of the last teams on earth that you would expect to leave someone unmarked in the penalty area.
However, Alisson’s presence in the box clearly startled them, much like with Schmeichel and Bayern in 1999.
What he is saying, basically, is that it is always worth sending the keeper up for a last-minute corner. You never know what may happen.
The Dane should know, as he and Alisson are two of just six goalkeepers to score in the Premier League.
It just goes to show how a simple thing can cause so much confusion. This, in turn, can lead to a scoring chance.
Thankfully, even well-organised sides like Sam Allardyce’s West Brom can be undone by a goalkeeper getting into the opposition box.
We have Champions League football at Anfield next season because of it.