What a second and what a response.
Alisson, the Liverpool goalkeeper, was filled with emotion after he scored an excellent match-winning aim in opposition to West Brom on Sunday.
In what was one of the vital dramatic finishes to a Premier League sport in latest historical past, the Brazilian extremely glanced a header residence with seconds remaining to grab a 2-1 win for Liverpool – and preserve their Champions League hopes alive.
The Reds are battling Leicester and Chelsea for the ultimate Champions League spots and only a level would have given their top-four rivals the benefit because the race goes right down to the wire.
However Alisson rode to the rescue in dramatic style to develop into the primary Liverpool goalkeeper to attain in a aggressive match for the membership of their 129-year historical past.
The 28-year-old was in tears as he celebrated and devoted his aim to his late father, who tragically died in a drowning accident in February, as he declared: “God put his hand on my head at present”.
“I’m too emotional these final months for all the pieces that occurred with me, with my household,” he mentioned, chatting with Sky Sports activities.
“However soccer is my life, I performed since I keep in mind as a human being with my father. I hope he was right here to see it however I’m certain that he’s seeing with God on his aspect and celebrating.
“It’s for my household, for the boys. What a battle, generally we’re combating and combating and issues are simply not occurring as this afternoon right here.
“Simply scoring this aim, I’m actually, actually glad to assist them as a result of they battle lots, we battle lots collectively and we’ve a powerful aim to realize the Champions League as a result of we received it as soon as and you recognize that all the pieces began with qualification.
“I can’t be extra glad than I’m now.”
Alisson, who has been unable to return to Brazil following his father’s dying because of the coronavirus pandemic, additionally mentioned his aim was for his household, followers and teammates and thanked rival golf equipment and gamers for the help they’ve proven him.
“I’ve been away from interviews for a very long time,” he mentioned.
“It was a troublesome time as a result of at all times once I speak about it I get emotional on that. However I simply actually need to thank all of you, all of the Premier League, all of the gamers I acquired letters from, managers from groups – for instance, Everton and Ancelotti, all of the gamers, Man City, Chelsea.
“I don’t need to be not honest with the others that I don’t keep in mind however I simply need to say thanks to all people for the help. If it wasn’t for you, I might by no means get by way of this as a result of I’m simply away from my household because the factor occurred.
“My spouse has been superb with me, my youngsters give me power and that is what we really feel, the love from God. That is the best way God loves us – by way of individuals and we must always do that each time, daily. However I simply need to say thanks for this second.
“And the celebration, I don’t know find out how to have fun! And hopefully I don’t want to return so many instances to the field to attain a aim – hopefully our gamers will do this for me. I simply should suppose and defend and to assist them.
The Brazilian joked it was one of the best aim he had scored, including: “It was the right time. The cross was sensible once more. I simply tried to place my head on the ball and I believe it was probably the greatest objectives I’ve scored!
“I’m actually glad. I don’t have too many phrases, I simply should say thanks to the gamers as a result of they battle lots. We battle lots.”
With the aim, Alisson grew to become simply the sixth goalkeeper in Premier League historical past to attain a aim, after Peter Schmeichel, Brad Friedel, Paul Robinson, Tim Howard and Asmir Begovic.
Jurgen Klopp was unsurprisingly delighted to see Alisson rating a last-gasp winner, describing the second as ‘touching’.
“We’re actually shut so I do know precisely what it means to him and what he thought in that second,” he mentioned.
“It’s excellent and it’s touching, it’s solely soccer but it surely means the world to us.
“If Olivier Giroud is scoring that everybody says it’s a world-class aim. With Alisson doing it, we’ve to say the identical.
“We created probabilities and it wanted to return within the final second. What a aim, what a worldie and unbelievable aim, the method was insane.
“It couldn’t have been a greater second, it’s simply good for at present. If he’s by no means doing it once more, I’m tremendous – it’s an ideal second.
“We didn’t have numerous moments on this season so we shouldn’t take it as a right. My a part of the aim is I didn’t shout to remain again.
“He went there and what a aim, it’s unimaginable we’ve already seen it 10 instances again within the dressing room.
“He’s a beautiful individual, humorous, sensible, considerate and intense in moments. He’s only a nice man. It couldn’t have been for a greater individual after what he went by way of.”