Alisson Becker fought back tears as he tried to understand the sheer size of the goal he scored, leaving Jurgen Klopp looking for superlatives.
The Brazilian goalkeeper became the first Liverpool keeper to score in the club’s history. With that, he achieved a 2-1 victory that puts his team on course for qualification for the Champions League. It was a “world-class strike,” his manager said, and its importance cannot be underestimated.
This has been a year Alisson will never forget, but for tragic reasons. His father, Jose, was found to have drowned in February and his son was unable to attend the funeral
You don’t see a goalkeeper scoring a 95-minute winner every day. In fact, in Liverpool’s 129-year history, no goalkeeper has ever scored in a competitive match for the club.
So when Alisson nodded in a dramatic winner for Liverpool against West Brom – and in turn kept hopes of their Champions League qualification in their own hands – the festivities were wild.
Immediately afterwards, Alisson paid tribute to his late father in an emotional interview.
“I hope he was here to see it, I’m sure he’s celebrating with God by his side,” said the Brazilian.
And he joked: “Hopefully I don’t have to come forward too often to score goals!”