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    Alisson keeps Liverpool’s Champions League hopes alive with injury-time winner vs West Brom

    Alisson keeps Liverpool’s Champions League hopes alive with injury-time winner vs West Brom

    West Brom vs Liverpool

    Liverpool and West Brom faced off in a Premier League meeting on Sunday afternoon.

    The tie was of little importance to West Brom, who have already been relegated back down to the Championship the season after winning promotion.

    Liverpool, though, still had it all to play for, with a top-four finish not yet out of reach for the Reds.

    Ahead of kick-off on Sunday, Liverpool sat 5th in the Premier League, just four points off 4th-placed Chelsea.

    Alisson saves Liverpool’s season

    So, if the Merseysiders truly intended to keep the pressure on Chelsea, they were no doubt aware that all three points were needed at the Hawthorns.

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    However, things did not get off to a great start for Jurgen Klopp and co., when some poor defending led to Hal Robson-Kanu putting the hosts in front after just 15 minutes:

    When Mohamed Salah bent a curling effort from the edge of the box past Sam Johnstone shortly after the half-hour mark, though, it looked as though the Reds were ready to bounce back to secure all three points:

    And that is exactly what Liverpool went on to do, thanks to something of a miracle in second-half injury-time.

    The visitors notched over 25 attempts at goal on Sunday. However, only five were on target, whilst hardly any really tested Johnstone.

    West Brom even looked as though they had regained the lead in the second-half, only for their 2nd to be correctly ruled out for offside, after Matt Phillips was adjudged to have been standing in Alisson’s line of sight, some way offside:

    And, in the end, Liverpool’s top-four hopes were saved via the most unlikely of sources.

    Deep, deep into second-half injury-time, the Reds won a corner. Alisson – with Klopp aware that nothing but a win would keep his side’s Champions League hopes alive – was given permission to head forward for the set piece.

    And the Brazilian went on to smash home a huge goal, securing all three points for Liverpool, whilst guiding them to within a point of Chelsea, with two games to play.

    The Reds, on paper, also have a much easier end to the season to come, with fixtures vs Burnley and Crystal Palace set to round out their campaign. Chelsea, on the other hand, must face Leicester and Aston Villa.

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    This article was edited by
    Conor Laird.

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    Premier League table

    # Team MP D P
    1 Manchester City FC 36 47 83
    2 Manchester United FC 36 28 70
    3 Leicester City FC 36 21 66
    4 Chelsea FC 36 22 64
    5 Liverpool FC 35 20 60
    6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 36 22 59
    7 West Ham United FC 36 10 59
    8 Everton FC 35 4 56
    9 Arsenal FC 36 12 55
    10 Leeds United 36 4 53
    11 Aston Villa FC 36 7 49
    12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 36 -14 45
    13 Crystal Palace FC 36 -21 44
    14 Southampton FC 36 -16 43
    15 Burnley FC 36 -18 39
    16 Newcastle United FC 36 -19 39
    17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 36 -5 38
    18 Fulham FC 36 -24 27
    19 West Bromwich Albion 35 -36 26
    20 Sheffield United FC 35 -44 17
    Player Team Goals
    Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 22
    Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 22
    Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 17
    Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 17
    Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 16
    Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 15
    Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 13
    Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 13
    Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
    Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 12
    Ings, Danny Southampton FC 12
    Wood, Chris Burnley FC 12
    Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
    Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 11
    Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 11
    Iheanacho, Kelechi Leicester City FC 11
    Pereira, Matheus West Bromwich Albion 10
    Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 10
    Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 10
    Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 9

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