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It’s been exactly one year since Alisson scored a dramatic winner for Liverpool against West Brom.

With Champions League qualification hanging by a thread, the Brazilian goalkeeper came up for a corner in the 90+5th minute with the scores level at 1-1.

A draw for Jurgen Klopp’s side would have left them three points adrift of Chelsea in fourth with just two matches remaining.

They needed all three points.

And it was Alisson who dramatically sealed that as he lept highest inside the West Brom penalty area to head home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner. It was an incredible header at a crucial time.

VIDEO: Alisson’s goal vs West Brom

But perhaps the best moment of the afternoon came after the final whistle.

Months earlier, Alisson unexpectedly lost his father after he drowned in a lake near their holiday home. And that was very much on the goalkeeper’s mind. He was seen crying at the final whistle before allowing his emotions out in a brilliant post-match interview.

A year on, the interview is still pretty emotional to watch.

VIDEO: Alisson’s emotional interview after his goal

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Alisson’s emotional interview in full

“I’m too emotional, this last month for everything that has happened with me and my family, but football is my life, I played since I can remember with my father,” he said.

“I hope he was here to see it but I’m sure he has seen it with God at his side and is celebrating.

“For my family, for the boys, what a fight. Sometimes you are fighting and fighting and things are just not happening.

“I’m really happy to help them (Liverpool) because we fight together and have a strong goal to achieve the Champions League, because we have won it once and everything starts with qualification. So I can’t be more happy than I am now.

“I tried to look at the bench but nobody called me [forward] but then John Achterberg called me with conviction and it was the perfect time, the cross was brilliant. I tried to put my head on the ball and I think it was one of the best goals I have seen.

“It is the best goal I have scored.

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“I am really happy. I don’t have too many words. I have to say thank you to the players because they fight a lot and I fight a lot as well and we are really exhausted from this season because of a lot of pressure and everything that has happened. The only thing missing was a goalie goal.

“I was lucky to score. I was blessed. Those kinds of things you cannot explain. You can’t explain a lot of things in life and for me the only reason for those kinds of things is God and he put his hand on my head today and I am feeling really blessed.

“Yes. I have been away from interviews for a long time because every time I talk about it, I get emotional on it.

“But I really want to thank all of you and all of the Premier League and all of the players. I received letters from managers, from teams, for example from Everton and Ancelotti and all the players, from Man City, from Chelsea – I don’t want to be unfair to any of the others that I don’t remember.

“I want to say thank you to everybody, to the supporters from every team, and if it wasn’t for you, I would never have been able to get through this because I am just away from my family since the thing happened – well my mother.

“My wife has been amazing with me and my kids give me energy and this is why we feel the love from God. This is the way God loves us. Through people. I just want to say thank you.

“The celebration? Well I don’t know how to celebrate. Hopefully I won’t need to come to the box too many times to score a goal. Hopefully our players will do that for me and I just need to think, to defend, and to help from there.”

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Liverpool ensured Alisson’s goal actually counted for something as they followed up that win against West Brom with victories against Burnley and Crystal Palace as they finished third.

This season, Alisson has been superb to help Klopp’s men go in search of an unprecedented quadruple – including being in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

None of that would have been possible without Alisson’s amazing header at the Hawthorns 365 days ago.

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