Emotional Alisson pays tribute to his late father – who tragically drowned in February – after scoring sensational stoppage time winner for Liverpool against West Brom … with the Brazilian football community thanking them for their support
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 custodian 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, according to his manager, a ‘world class’ strike 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.
A visibly emotional Alisson Becker paid tribute to his late father after he scored a great header
The Reds goalkeeper came from behind and brilliantly guided Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross into the far corner
The late goal created cheering scenes at the Hawthorns with hopes of Liverpool in the top four
He had a huge influence on Alisson’s career and he couldn’t control his feelings.
“I’m too emotional with everything that’s happened to my family in my life recently,” Alisson said. ‘Football has been my life since I remembered it with my dad. I hope he was there to watch and celebrate. That was for my family and for the boys. ‘
As the Liverpool players returned to the dressing room, the sound of their cheers could be heard and Alisson was overrun by his teammates. He’s been a hugely popular figure within the squad and has been since he arrived at the club in the summer of 2018, and this goal might put them in the top four on the final day.
“Sometimes we’ve done things and it hasn’t worked,” Alisson said. ‘The Champions League is so important to us and I am so happy to be able to help. I looked over the bench, got nothing, then John (Achterberg, goalkeeper coach) called with conviction to go upstairs.
‘I think it’s the best goal I’ve ever scored! You can’t explain things like that, they just happen in football.
Alisson looked up to the sky after his incredible last minute goal at the Hawthorns
I saw the ball coming and tried to run in a good position, maybe take a defender to help one of the other guys, but no one came, and I was lucky and blessed to score.
‘In life you can’t explain much, the only answer for me is God, he put his hand on my head today and let this happen. I have recently received incredible support. Other clubs like Everton, Man City, Chelsea, and of course our fans and staff of the club, and others, I have now forgotten.
‘I cannot thank you enough for the support. I have not returned to my family since (the pandemic) happened, my mother and wife have been wonderful, my children energize me, I am blessed for this to happen. ‘
Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed yesterday that striker Diogo Jota will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.
The Brazilian hugs manager Jurgen Klopp after the dramatic conclusion of the game
Alisson has been hit by a tragedy this year, with his father Jose (right) drowning in February