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3 talking points as Alisson rescues Liverpool against West Brom

The chances for Liverpool qualifying for the Champions League next season survived an all-mighty scare as Alisson stepped up to score in the last minute.

The hope of a top-four finish are still alive for Liverpool after an extraordinary injury-time winner by goalkeeper Alisson. The Brazilian stopper headed home a late corner just as the Reds’ Champions League hopes looked dead.

Hal Robson-Kanu scored the opening goal, coolly converting, before Mohamed Salah‘s fine equalizer before the break. Kyle Bartley had a goal controversially ruled out for the hosts in the second period – much to the fury of Sam Allardyce – by VAR, but the Baggies looked set to claim a share of the spoils with Liverpool wasteful in front of goal.

However, deep into stoppage time, the Brazil No.1 found the answer that his teammates had been unable to find, beating Sam Johnstone with a towering header.
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Stops them at one end, scores them at the other. Alisson had himself quite the game – he couldn’t do anything about the goal or the disallowed effort but saved a one-on-one when the game was all square and dealt pretty well with the Baggies’ attempts to hurl rocks and missiles at him from set-pieces.

That’s what it seemed like, anyway. But a last-minute goal? A header better than any from a Reds forward off a set-piece we’ve seen this season? You’re laughing – that’s ripped straight out of Roy of the Rovers, it simply wouldn’t happen. Except it did. It was a brilliant connection, perfect timing, utterly priceless if the Reds go on to secure the top four. Alisson, who was extremely emotional afterwards, deserved this moment.