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Liverpool close to within 1 point of Chelsea after history-making Alisson heroics

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Three teams, two spots. Three points, two games. One acceptable outcome.

West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

West Brom didn’t even bother to mark him.

Goalkeepers come up all the time for last-gasp set pieces. Rarely, very rarely, do they ever make a tangible difference. But in the 95th minute against West Brom, Alisson did just that, becoming the first goalkeeper in Liverpool’s 129-year history to score a competitive goal and the first goalkeeper in Premier League history to score a headed goal.

Alisson sprinted up for the last-gasp corner, put his roots down just outside the six-yard box, and under absolutely no pressure, guided Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner into the back of the net.

Now we’ve seen it all.

Alisson’s winner means that with just two games to go, it’s still all to play for in the race for the top-four. Leicester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool are separated by just three points, with the first two facing each other tomorrow and Liverpool having the easiest schedule of the three. In fact, the statistical models now all favor Liverpool for finishing in the top-four.

The Reds only have to face Burnley (A) and Crystal Palace (H), while Leicester play Spurs (H) on the final matchday when we take on Aston Villa (A). Tomorrow’s FA Cup final rematch is now truly a “final”, just as it had been billed all along.

The good news is that we control our own destiny. Win out, and we’re in. Win one and draw one, and it’s a big fat maybe. Anything else, we’re pretty much out.

Three teams, two spots. Three points, two games. One acceptable outcome.

On the plus side, it can’t go as badly as the weekend did, can it?