I shouted to Alisson, Get in the box! - John Achterberg on Alisson's goal
Of the six goalkeepers to have scored a goal in Premier League history, Alisson is the first to find the net with a headed finish - Opta Joe
John Achterberg says he was behind Alisson’s decision to join the Liverpool mates in the box which later ended up making the former AS Roma keeper registering his name on the scoresheet.
According to the goalkeeper’s trainee, Liverpool had nothing to lose in such a time and needed to push everything they’ve got into securing the winner which could guarantee them Champions League qualification.
The Reds were on level pegging with West Bromwich Albion as at the 90+4 minutes after Robson Kanu’s 15-minute strike was cancelled out by Mohamed Salah 12- minutes to end the first half.
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However, after a couple of chances missed and VAR drama, Alisson Becker headed a Trent Arnold Alexander’s corner to give the Reds all the three points needed at the Hawthorns.
"The opponent made it difficult for us, so you have to find a way to overcome it. Ninety-fourth minute and nothing to lose…” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I looked at my watch, 94, and I thought it was going to be the last kick of the game, we needed to win, so I shouted, ‘Get up, get in the box!’ to him! I didn’t see Ali looking to the bench to see if he should go up before I shouted; I just thought we had nothing to lose and we needed to put everything into the box we had.
“The technique… he is natural in everything he does, playing and heading. It was a great finish.”
Alisson in an interview with SkySports dedicated the goal to his late father, Jose, in February and reflected on the challenging few months.
"It's for my family, for the boys. What a fight, sometimes we are fighting and fighting and things are just not happening as this afternoon here.
"Just scoring this goal, I'm really, really happy to help them because they fight a lot, we fight a lot together and we have a strong goal to achieve the Champions League because we won it once and you know that everything started with qualification.
"I can't be more happy than I am now."