Liverpool's Alisson Dedicates Winning Goal to Late Father: 'I'm Too Emotional'

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMay 16, 2021

Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at the Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, England, Sunday, May 16, 2021. (Laurence Griffiths/Pool via AP)
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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker was emotional after his dramatic game-winning goal against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

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"I hope he was here to see it, but I'm sure that he see, with a God on his side and celebrating."<br><br>Alisson opens up about his father who passed away earlier this year in an emotional interview after scoring the winner for Liverpool. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/eD0lmZ9JnX

The player's father died in February at the age of 57 years old after drowning in a dam.

"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," Alisson said after Sunday's match (h/t Tom Doyle of the Evening Standard). "I hope he was here to see it, I’m sure he is celebrating with God at his side."

Alisson provided one of the biggest moments of the Premier League season with a 95th-minute header to secure a win over West Brom:

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Alisson scored a 95th minute stoppage time winning goal for Liverpool to keep their top-4 hopes alive. <br><br>Just look what it meant to him and Klopp. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/pYZbuNTc40

The club earned a corner kick deep into extra time, allowing the goalkeeper to come up for one final chance at a goal. He came through with the winner on the pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold, becoming the first goalie to score in Liverpool history.

"I can’t be more happy than I am now," Alisson said.

While the dramatic finish would be memorable in any match, the stakes were even higher with Liverpool fighting for a top-four finish and qualification for next year's Champions League.

The Reds entered the day four points behind Chelsea for fourth place in the table, meaning a loss or tie would have been devastating for the team's chances of advancing. The win, however, puts them just one point behind Chelsea and and three behind third-place Leicester City with two matches remaining.

With Chelsea and Leicester City set to face each other Tuesday, Liverpool has the opportunity to climb the standings with two more victories.

In the meantime, Alisson's goal was enough to keep hope alive and create a moment he will never forget.