Devout Catholic goalkeeper Alisson Becker has thanked God for the shock goal he scored to earn his side a late win.
The Brazilian became only the sixth goalkeeper to score in Premier League history on Sunday 16th May, when he ran the length of the pitch to head in the 95th minute winner against West Bromwich Albion from a corner kick.
His team’s 2-1 win ensures that his side are within reach of Champions League qualification, as they are just one point behind the prestigious fourth place qualification spot, which is currently held by Chelsea.
Following the game, Alisson devoted the goal – the first of his senior career – to his late father,Jose Agostinho Becker, who died in a drowning accident in February. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he had been unable to be with his family. The Brazilian also thanked God for the role He played in the memorable moment.
“You can’t explain a lot of things in life,” Alisson told Sky Sports. “The only answer for me is God; he put his hand on my head today and allowed this to happen.
“This last month for everything that happened with me, with my family, but football is my life, the places, everything I remember as a human being.
“With my father, I hope he was here to see it, but I’m sure he was seeing, with God at his side, celebrating.”
Picture: Alisson points to the heavens after his shock goal.