Goalkeeper Alisson Becker headed a dramatic stoppage-time winner at West Brom to keep Liverpool’s Champions League hopes alive.
Just as the Reds’ top-four chances looked virtually over the Brazil international glanced in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner to clinch a 2-1 win.
He was mobbed by his team-mates after his shock goal moved Liverpool to within a point of fourth-placed Chelsea with two Premier League games left.
Mohamed Salah had earlier cancelled out Hal Robson-Kanu’s first top-flight goal for almost four years.
Roberto Firmino hit the post and Sadio Mane had a goal disallowed for offside as relegated Albion gave as good as they got.
Kyle Bartley saw his goal ruled out as the Baggies nearly caused an upset before Alisson’s late heroics.
The result means Liverpool will be able to capitalise should either Leicester or Chelsea lose at Stamford Bridge, with the top four race set to go to the final day of the season.
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Alisson dedicates goal to his late father
Alisson spoke to Sky Sports after the game: “I’m too emotional, this last month for everything that has happened with me and my family, but football is my life, I played since I can remember with my father.
“I hope he was here to see it, I’m sure he is celebrating with God at his side.
“Sometimes you are fighting and things aren’t happening. I’m really happy to help them because we fight together and have a strong goal to achieve the Champions League, because we have won it once and everything starts with qualification.
“So I can’t be more happy than I am now.”
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Top four race as it stands
Here’s what Alisson’s late goal has done to the Premier League top four race…
Full-time! West Brom 1-2 Liverpool
Alisson is the hero for Liverpool with a towering header to save their Champions League hopes.
GOAL! West Brom 1-2 Liverpool | Alisson Becker, 94 mins
Alisson heads home the corner!!!!
We’re past four minutes, and Alisson comes up…
Mane crosses and wins a corner – last chance…
It’s now or never for Liverpool…
Alexander-Arnold pokes a volleyed pass into the box, but Johnstone beats Salah to the ball.
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