Liverpool: 5 takeaways from a 2-1 win over West Brom

Liverpool, Alisson (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Liverpool, Alisson
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Liverpool needed a last-gasp goal from their goalkeeper, of all players, to pull it off, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need when all the chips are on the table. The important thing is that the Reds got the job done at The Hawthorns, overcoming missed chances and an early defensive error to beat West Brom 2-1.

This win means the Reds are one step closer to realizing their goal of making it into the top four of the Premier League. There are two games left against Burnley and Crystal Palace, but Liverpool are moving in the right direction.

Here are five takeaways from the spine-chilling win.

Alisson is the hero for Liverpool

We have to start with a discussion of Alisson’s goal in the very last minute. Liverpool had just enough time to go for a corner kick, and they brought their Brazilian keeper up from the back. We’ve seen goalkeepers cause important, last-gasp goals in the past couple of seasons around Europe, but this goal from Alisson was especially impressive.

Not only was it a clutch goal in the context of the title race, but it was also a legitimately great goal. As Jurgen Klopp commented in the post-game press conference, Alisson took that goal like a striker, heading the ball with force and accuracy into the far corner of the net so that his opposite number had zero chance of making the stop.

Alisson is a vital player whose signing helped lead Liverpool to true greatness in European football and in England. And it was very fitting for him to score this unforgettable winner at The Hawthorns.