WATCH: Alisson Becker’s Last Minute Header That Ultimately Took Liverpool to the UCL Final

Published 05/16/2022, 5:45 PM EDT
Alisson Becker

Sometimes, sport can transcend the capacity in which it is played and become so much more. It is a source of livelihood for every athlete who plays it, and it is a source of inspiration for the fans. Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker reminded people of the very same thing in 2021.

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The German goalkeeper lost his father during the COVID-19 pandemic and had been struggling with his form last year. However, in one of Liverpool’s most important matches of the season last year, he stepped up.

The Reds were playing against West Brom in the final minutes and needed a goal to qualify for the Champions League. Alisson stepped up from a corner as a last-minute Hail Mary and actually scored the goal. “I hope he was here to see it. I am sure he is celebrating,” Alisson said after the win.

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Liverpool and their UCL run

The importance of this goal can truly be seen now when Liverpool have made it to the final of the Champions League. They were never supposed to be here, and Alisson’s goal completely changed the narrative of the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

They face Real Madrid in the final, a rematch of the 2018 edition of the tournament. Madrid won that game, courtesy of two blunders from Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius. However, the Reds bought Alisson from Roma that same season and won the UCL immediately.

They’ll want to exact their revenge this year, and even though it won’t be easy, Alisson would be there to save them at the back.

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Is the Quadruple still possible?

Liverpool have already won the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup (after Alisson saved them in the penalty shootout) this season. They are in the UCL final, but that’s anyone’s match, and you can never count Real Madrid out in the Champions League.

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It’s their title race in the Premier League that’s going to be one to look out for. Klopp’s men have to win both of their remaining games to have a chance to win the title. Manchester City have a four-point lead in the first place, but they have played one game more. It’ll be interesting to see how it all turns out at the end of the season.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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