For most of Sunday’s game against West Bromwich Albion, Liverpool rather looked to have allowed their top four dreams to slip away as they looked heading towards a 1-1 draw with Sam Allardyce’s already relegated side.
Then, deep into stoppage time, goalkeeper Alisson Becker came forward on a corner and scored the winning goal. Now, manager Jürgen Klopp wants to take motivation from that moment and use it in their final two games.
“In football and life, if you have some downs you are influenced by,” the Liverpool manager noted ahead of their match against Burnley. “If you have a high you should be influenced by it as well. That was obviously a high for us.
“It doesn’t make the job easier at Turf Moor, but it changed the mindset a little bit. That’s how it is. It kept us in the race, that’s the most important thing. It was a very special moment, a very special goal from a very special player.”
If Liverpool can now use that positive energy to help them get two more wins, they’re a near certainty to end their difficult, injury-ravaged season in the top four—and writing Alisson’s goal into the club’s already storied history.
But that only happens if they take the chance that goal gave them and manage two more wins. Because at the end of the day, as exciting as it was in the moment, it wasn’t a goal that earned a top four finish. Just a chance at it.
“We know exactly nothing really happened apart from we are still in the race,” Klopp added. “But we are not even close to thinking we would be already halfway through because we know high the hurdles are in front of us.”