As Liverpool hoped to make the top four to fade away at The Hawthorns, Alisson Becker took a late turn.
With only seconds left on the clock, the goalkeeper ventured to the other end of the field in search of a goal.
By now you will already know what happened next.
The first goalkeeper to score in Liverpool’s 129-year history, Alisson’s ultimate intervention was the moment of the season.
During a tax and punitive campaign that took so much from Jurgen Klopp’s side, it was the antidote to it all.
A magnificent header close to the post and Liverpool’s Champions League dream has been revived.
They haven’t crossed the line yet, but Alisson’s Roy-of-the-Rovers moment will ensure a sprint to the finish this week.
But what followed was perhaps even more encouraging from the Reds perspective.
An emotional Alisson delivered one of the best post-game interviews in quite some time when he spoke of a testing period in his life.
“I’m too moved – last month – everything that’s happened with me and my family – but football is my life,” he told Sky Sports.
“I have been playing since I can remember as a human being with my dad. I hope he was there to see it. I’m sure he’s celebrating.
“It was for my family and for the boys. We fight a lot together and we want to reach the Champions League. We won it in 2019 and it was all about qualifying.
“I hope my dad is watching and celebrating somewhere. I’m really happy – thank you for the players because we are fighting a lot.
“We’re exhausted from this season – there was a lot of pressure – I’m happy with the win.”
Before becoming the sixth goalkeeper to score in Premier League history, the Brazilian star had had a mixed 2021 on and off the pitch.
In February, with Liverpool in the midst of their worst Anfield streak ever, Alisson’s father tragically passed away.
Liverpool, understandably, have called for privacy for the Becker family as the No 1 comes to terms with the sudden death of a relative thousands of miles from home.
Unable to make it to Brazil, Alisson did not attend the funeral and was comforted in Merseyside by his wife, Natalia, who was heavily pregnant at the time.
Tributes poured in from all corners of football as Alisson received letters from Manchester City and Everton expressing their condolences.
“I want to thank everyone for the posts and tributes to my beloved father,” Alisson wrote on social media.
“Our family feels loved by everyone! May God bless everyone’s life!
Earlier this month, Ms Becker gave birth to a boy named Rafael, as the Reds goalie hailed the arrival of her third child.
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“He made history once again. She posted on Instagram Sunday night about her husband. ” Make the difference.
“Your faith, your habitual humility, your commitment, your righteousness, your responsibility and your conduct in the midst of pain, your heart was seen, your tears gathered by a God who is faithful and takes pleasure in rewarding his beloved children! “
The shooter was mobbed by his teammates in the Hawthorns locker room as the enormity of his contribution to the opposite end began to kick in.
The entire team, who were stunned by the dramatic finish, watched the reruns several times on an iPad as massive three points were celebrated in the locker room outside.
“Like I said, if someone like Olivier Giroud scores that, everyone says it’s a world-class goal,” Klopp said in his post-match interview.
“When Alisson does it, you have to say the same thing.
“The way his teammates showed today how much they love him is the best description.
“He’s a wonderful, wonderful person and he’s funny, smart, thoughtful, intense at times, he’s just a great guy.
“It couldn’t have happened to a better person to have such a special time with everything he’s been through, I’m really, really happy for him. “
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“It was not an easy situation,” added Liverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg. “But he believes his father will watch over them – and that was the feeling of what happened.
“I had the same feeling, that his father was watching over him. “
One of the most beloved members of the Liverpool squad, Alisson is a deeply religious family man whose low-key opinion carries weight.
The Liverpool players were elated for their team-mate, whom they admit having gone through a difficult period in his life.
“He kept us alive! A senior Anfield source said. “He’s a winner. A top keeper and a top man! “
Now on to Burnley, where it is hoped that any intervention by Alisson will only be necessary in his own penalty area.