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Rio Ferdinand hails Alisson Becker for winning goal, speaks on Liverpool chances of a top-four finish



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Rio Ferdinand has praised Liverpool goalkeeperAlisson Becker for his stunning stoppage-time win against West Brom on Sunday, which kept the Reds hopes of a top-four finish alive.

first-half goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Mohamed Salah meant the game was leveled at 1-1 with Liverpool looked poised to tie the Hawthorns until an unexpected hero appeared.

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Alisson nodded in a 95th winner for Jurgen Klopp’s side following a Trent -Alexander Arnold corner giving his side the much-needed victory.

It was the first time in the club’s history that a goalkeeper scored a goal in competition, and an emotional Alisson Becker speaking after the game dedicated the goal to his late father.

“I’m too emotional, these last months for everything that happened with me, my family,’ he told Sky Sports.

“But football is my life, I play since I remember as a human being with my father, I hope he was here to see it, but I’m sure that he’s seen with God on his side and celebrating.”

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Alisson Becker

Alisson Becker celebrates with his Liverpool teammates after netting the winning goal against West Brom. (Photo by Getty Images)

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand described the moments as ‘very emotional’.

“For Alisson to come up and do what he’s done, I don’t think a Liverpool goalkeeper has ever scored and he goes and does that, he told Vibe with five.

“The timing was magnificent, late like it was, it was just like, ‘wow’.

“You see goalkeepers going up all the time you think, ‘what are you doing?’, but this time he bangs it home.”

The victory took Liverpool to within a point of fourth-placed Chelsea who currently occupies the last Champions League spot, with two games left for the season.

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Meanwhile, the Blues will face third-placed Leicester City, in a decisive clash on Tuesday before facing Aston Villa on Sunday.

Leicester, who are currently two points ahead of the Blues, will face Tottenham on the final day of the season.

But Ferdinand is backing Liverpool to get the job done and secure their place in next season’s Champions League.

“Yeah – I think they will [finish in the top four],’ he added.”