Alisson rescues Liverpool, Tottenham up to sixth

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18 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Alisson rescues Liverpool, Tottenham up to sixth

Liverpool's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker (third to left) scores his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match against West Bromwich Albion at Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich on Sunday. – AFP photo

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker's dramatic 95th-minute goal gave Liverpool a 2-1 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday to maintain their bid to play in next season's Champions League.

Tottenham were more comfortable 2-0 winners over Wolves to move into pole position for a place in the Europa League, but Everton's hopes of European football were dealt a massive blow by Sheffield United's shock 1-0 victory at Goodison Park.

Alisson's perfectly executed header keeps Liverpool's top-four fate in their own hands despite sitting fifth in the table.

Jurgen Klopp's men trail fourth-placed Chelsea by one point and Leicester by three, with two league games left to play.

But with Leicester and Chelsea still to face off in a repeat of the FA Cup final, which the Foxes won 1-0 on Saturday, victories over Burnley and Crystal Palace will take Liverpool into the top four.

The already-relegated Baggies took an early lead through Hal Robson-Kanu before the in-form Mohamed Salah equalised before half-time.

But Liverpool were still heading for a damaging draw when Alisson headed in from a corner in the fifth minute of stoppage-time.

The Brazilian's father died in February when he drowned in a swimming accident.

Alisson could not even return home for the funeral at the time due to quarantine rules on foreign travel and was visibly emotional at full-time.

"I played since I remember as a human being with my father. I hope he was here to see it but I'm sure that he's seeing with God on his side and celebrating," said Alisson.

"You can't explain a lot of things in life. For me, the only reason for those kind of things is God and he put his hand on my head today and I'm feeling really blessed."