Alisson’s stoppage-time winner keeps Liverpool’s hopes alive

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Liverpool beat West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League 2-1 on Sunday after a remarkable late header from goalkeeper Alisson.

West Brom raced into a shock lead after just 15 minutes, when the returning Hal Robson-Kanu capitalised on an error from Rhys Williams to curl the ball into the far corner of the Liverpool net. Parity was restored not long after however, with Golden Boot contender Mohamed Salah clinically firing home from range.

From there, Liverpool began to establish control and press forward in search of a match-winning goal. Further chances fell for Salah and Roberto Firmino, but in the end, it was Alisson who stunningly headed home from a corner kick to keep Liverpool’s top-four hopes alive.

Positives

The travelling side showed good spirit to work their way back into the game after going a goal behind. As is so often the case, Salah was the instigator for the attempted comeback, with his no-look goal eventually levelling the game. Credit has to be given to the Liverpool midfielders, who remained patient up against a stubborn West Brom backline.

Negatives

West Brom were very clearly set out to disrupt Liverpool with a barrage of crosses and set pieces. They had some success with this, as Alisson often struggled to effectively punch crosses clear of his goal. Sam Allardyce’s team also managed to expose the young Liverpool centre-back pairing of Williams and Nathaniel Phillips, who were frequently dragged out of position by intelligent movement. This resulted in Robson-Kanu handing West Brom a first-half lead, from which point the Reds were always chasing the game.

By ESPN

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