Of course, Liverpool beating West Bromwich Albion 2-1 to keep their Champions League hopes alive is important and the team’s ambitions always come first.
But we all know that the day is all about Alisson, Liverpool’s world class goalkeeper who popped up with the last kick of the game to demonstrate his world class footballing ability with a world class headed goal.
The goal had everything: the drama of a dramatic top four race, the skill to laser the ball past Baggies keeper Sam Johnstone into the far corner, the record-breaking significance of the moment, the class and character of the match winning player, and the emotion in the celebrations with both the Brazilian and his teammates knowing how much the moment meant to a player who has gone through so much this year.
Reds manager Jürgen Klopp recognized each one of these facets of what was incredible day for an incredible player—starting with the absolute beauty of the goal itself:
“If Olivier Giroud is scoring that everyone says it’s a world-class goal,” the German said in his post-match press conference. “With Alisson doing it we have to say the same”
“We created chances and it needed to come in the last second. What a goal, what a worldie and unbelievable goal, the technique was insane.
“It couldn’t have been a better moment, it’s just perfect for today. If he is never doing it again, I’m fine, it’s a perfect moment.
“We didn’t have a lot of moments in this season so we shouldn’t take it for granted. My part of the goal is I didn’t shout to stay back.
“He went there and what a goal, it’s incredible we have already seen it 10 times back in the dressing room.
“He’s a wonderful person, funny, smart, thoughtful and intense in moments. He is just a great guy. It couldn’t have been for a better person after what he went through [losing his father].”
What a day to be a Red. What a time to be a football supporter. What a way for the world to occasionally have good things happen to good people.