In what was perhaps the wildest match of the 2015-16 English Premier League season, Liverpool prevailed over Norwich City 5-4 Saturday by virtue of an Adam Lallana goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
Sebastien Bassong had seemingly secured a draw for the Canaries when he scored in the second minute of stoppage time to make it 4-4, but Lallana got the last laugh.
The Reds engaged in a massive celebration after the 59th-minute substitute put a bow on a huge victory at Carrow Road. Lallana and Co. were so thrilled with the late winner that the 27-year-old Englishman got booked for excessive celebration.
Bet9ja felt as though the raucous reaction was more than fitting, though, considering the circumstances surrounding the goal:
I don't get Lallana's booking. When you score in the 95th minute you should only be booked for insufficient celebration, not the opposite!— Bet9ja (@myBet9ja) January 23, 2016
According to Fresh Liverpool, even a yellow card couldn't bring Lallana down from the high of scoring Liverpool's biggest goal of the season:
Lallana on his celebration: "It was one of those moments where you just go with the flow. I'll take the booking."— Fresh Liverpool (@Fresh_Liverpool) January 23, 2016
The Reds moved into the top half of the EPL standings with the win, and while getting there wasn't easy, Lallana was thrilled to be the one who made it happen, per the Premier League's official Twitter account:
The former Southampton standout was struggling mightily entering Saturday's contest as he had yet to score a goal in the Premier League this season.
While one goal doesn't necessarily erase everything that happened previously, Liverpool blogger Dave O'Connell gave Lallana a ton of credit for his performance:
Lallana made a huge difference when he came on, poor lately but have to give him credit today. Goal and great assist.— Dave O’Connell (@DaveOCKOP) January 23, 2016
In fact, Anfield Hub believes Lallana's clutch winner was enough to get fans off his back for a very long time to come:
Adam Lallana is immune for criticism for life— Anfield Hub (@AnfieldHub) January 23, 2016
Lallana isn't the only one deserving of credit for the game winner, as manager Jurgen Klopp took a leap of faith by bringing him in the game despite his rough season.
That move paid off in a big way, and Those Scouse Lads accurately captured Klopp's elation after the fact:
Brings on Adam Lallana, one goal one assist pic.twitter.com/K3tDvJX13P— Ü (@ThoseScouseLads) January 23, 2016
With both Arsenal and Leicester City 10 points ahead of them at the top of the EPL table and a Champions League spot still five points away as well, Liverpool will need more of these moments in order to continue making up ground in the latter part of the season.
The 2015-16 campaign is shaping up to be a disappointing one for the Reds that was all forgotten Saturday.
Even if Liverpool don't bounce back and Lallana doesn't thrive individually moving forward, the goal that beat Norwich will likely live in LFC lore for a very long time to come.
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