‘I hoped he was here to see it… I’m sure he is celebrating’: A visibly emotional Alisson Becker pays tribute to his late father… after scoring sensational last-minute winner for Liverpool in thrilling ending against West Brom
- Alisson scored an incredible header in stoppage-time to save Liverpool’s season
- The Reds keeper came up from the back and guided the ball into the corner
- The 28-year-old lost his father in February after a tragic accident back in Brazil
- REPORT: Alisson scores last-minute winner in victory for Liverpool at West Brom
A visibly emotional Alisson Becker paid tribute to his late father after scoring a terrific header to keep Liverpool’s top-four hopes alive at West Brom.
The Reds keeper came up from the back and brilliantly guided Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross into the far corner, sparking jubilant scenes amongst the visitors at the Hawthorns.
Alisson, 28, was in tears after the full-time whistle and gave an emotional interview to Sky Sports, where he paid tribute to his father who tragically died in February after falling into a lake near his holiday home in Lavras do Sul, Brazil.
A visibly emotional Alisson Becker paid tribute to his late father after scoring a terrific header
The Reds keeper came up from the back and brilliantly guided Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross into the far corner
The late goal sparked jubilant scenes at the Hawthorns with Liverpool’s top-four hopes alive
‘I’m too emotional. These last months for everything that happened with me, with my family,’ he said.
‘But football is my life. I play since I remember as a human being with my father – I hoped he was here to see it but I’m sure he’s seeing with God on his side and celebrating.
‘For my family, for the boys, what a fight. Sometimes we are fighting and things are just not happening like this afternoon here. But scoring this goal, I’m really happy to help them, they fight a lot, we fight a lot together and we have a strong goal for the Champions League.
‘We won it once and you know everything starts with qualification and I couldn’t be more happy than I am now.’
The Brazilian then went on to describe how it came about that he was in the penalty area, with the Reds desperate for a goal which would keep their top-four hopes alive.
Alisson looked upwards to the sky following his incredible last-minute goal at the Hawthorns
‘I tried to look at the bench and nobody called me. Then Johnny Achterberg (goalkeeping coach) called me with conviction. It was the perfect time, the cross was brilliant again.
‘I just try to put my head on the ball and I think it was one of the best goals I saw! The best I have scored! I’m really happy, I don’t have too many words – I just have to say thank you for the players.
‘They fight a lot, we fight a lot. We are really exhausted from this season because everything happened, missing the goal, but I’m happy it happened tonight for the win.
‘I saw it coming. Just tried to be in a good position. Nobody followed me and I was blessed to score. Those kind of things you can’t explain. For me the only reasons for these type of things is God. He put his hand on my head today and I’m feeling really blessed.’
The Brazilian hugs manager Jurgen Klopp following the dramatic conclusion to the game
The Brazilian’s father, Jose Agostinho Becker, 57, was found dead by a lake on the family’s ranch near the town of Lavras do Sul in southern Brazil in February.
He is thought to have got into difficulties after going for a swim in the lake, although he often practiced underwater fishing and diving at the family’s country holiday property just over 200 miles away from their main home in Novo Hamburgo.
His widow Magali and son Muriel, 34, the goalkeeper of Rio de Janeiro club Fluminense, were among the mourners at his funeral but Alisson was left devastated after he was unable to attend due to coronavirus travel restrictions.
‘I’ve been away from interviews for a long time because always when I talk about it I get emotional,’ he said.
Alisson has been struck by tragedy this year, with his father Jose (right) drowning in February
‘I want to thank everybody, all the Premier League. I received letters from Everton, Carlo Ancelotti, Manchester City. I want to say thank you to everybody.
‘If it wasn’t for you I couldn’t get through this. This is the way God loves us, through people. The celebration, I don’t know how to celebrate.
‘Hopefully I don’t need to come so many times to the box to score a goal!’
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