Whether or not barely scraping right into a Champions League place whereas leaking buckets of oil after the heights of their final two seasons is absolutely “saving” Liverpool’s season is an open query. And there’s a greater than honest argument that after their homeowners had been one of many most important drivers of the diabolical, Mr. Burns-level grasping, and finally incompetently-dealt with Tremendous League Liverpool deserve to complete outdoors the highest 4. However that’s the place the workforce finds itself, and the distinction between not having Champions League earnings and having it’s nonetheless huge and may level a membership in massively totally different instructions.
Liverpool solely wanted to beat West Brom, Burnley, and Crystal Palace to complete the season to virtually assuredly qualify (purpose distinction may come into play). One workforce is already relegated, the opposite two don’t have anything to play for, and all three unquestionably suck eggs. However they had been doing their greatest to fuck it up once more, as they’ve all of 2021, giving up an early purpose right this moment to West Brom and huffing and puffing to discover a winner after equalizing with out producing a lot of something to even hassle the Baggies’ home, a lot much less blow it down.
It had been a microcosm of all the second half of Liverpool’s season, having virtually the entire ball however barely creating any probabilities, a lot much less scoring. Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané continued their wayward methods, the midfield outdoors Thiago didn’t do something, and in damage time it appeared like their season was going to lastly be put out of its distress.
So in case your strikers can’t hit a bull within the ass with a banjo, and your midfield can’t assist, and if you could find him… ask your goalkeeper to drag your ass out of a sling?
This isn’t some tap-in or bungled end. That’s an outstanding header into the nook that left Sam Johnstone, one of many season’s greatest keepers regardless of West Brom’s relegation, nothing greater than a spectator.
It’s onerous to consider a sporting equal. It’s pulling your goalie in hockey, besides then having him come up the ice and bury a one-timer. Or having a pitcher pinch-hit within the backside of the ninth and watching him blast one off the scoreboard.
Alisson turns into solely the sixth keeper to attain in Premier League historical past, and this purpose is a storybook capper to his season, which has in any other case been a nightmare. His kind has fallen woefully off the extent that after had him talked about as the most effective keeper on this planet. Two blunders value Liverpool the sport towards Manchester Metropolis at residence. He has made a number of extra because the season has gone on. Past all that by miles, his father handed three months in the past and he hasn’t been in a position to return residence to Brazil resulting from COVID protocols. By no means would he, or anybody, have dreamed of presumably rounding off this annus horribilis by not stopping a purpose, however by scoring one.
The one downer is that he didn’t do it whereas sporting this world-class mustache. I additionally wrote all this up with my palms nonetheless shaking. However that’s the lifetime of a Liverpool supporter.