Jurgen Klopp said he couldn’t believe his eyes when Alisson Becker scored a last-gasp winner for Liverpool against West Brom.
Liverpool looked to be heading for a draw that would seriously have dented their top-four hopes. But they had an unlikely saviour to thank as goalkeeper Alisson scored with a powerful header in the last minute of stoppage time to keep their dream alive.
It was a chaotic end to the game and prompted an outpouring of emotion. Alisson was in tears at the full-time whistle and his teammates were delighted for him.
The Reds are now just one point off the top four, knowing either Leicester or Chelsea will drop points – or both of them – when they meet in midweek.
It has been a turbulent season for Liverpool but Klopp was ecstatic after a match that summed their campaign up.
He told Sky Sports: “That game is our season in a nutshell. A lot of good stuff, we got hammered for the first mistake and then had to work like crazy.
“But nobody got over the top, we had shots from Thiago and Gini [Wijnaldum] and kept playing football and it’s really difficult against these sides, how they defend, how they set up, and in the end we needed Alisson to sort it!
“It’s an unbelievable header, I’ve never seen anything like that. Insane!
“It was good technique. I couldn’t be sure. I thought, ‘Is something wrong?’ You see it, but think that cannot be actually and you are more in shock for a second.
“I turned around and asked, ‘Am I right? Did we score?’
“It’s great for the boys. You saw their faces. So it means a lot to us, obviously. We’re still in the race, that’s all we can do and it’s all about Wednesday [at Burnley].
“We need the same fight. West Brom fought with all they had, with proper professionalism and made it really difficult for us, but we did it.”
Klopp says ‘it means the world’
Alisson has endured a tough time off the pitch after the death of his father in recent months. Hence, this was a hugely emotional moment for him.
Klopp is close to all his players and spoke emotionally about Alisson.
He said: “We are really close and know exactly what it means to him, it’s outstanding, really touching. It’s only football but it means the world to us.
“And now let’s keep going. We have to a look at who can and can’t go again and make sure we are ready for Burnley.
“Our last week of the season looks quite exciting.”