Diogo Jota discusses 'clutch' Alisson moment that made him jump despite injury

Diogo Jota has recalled how Alisson's last-minute headed winner against West Brom made him attempt to jump out of his seat despite nursing an injury.

Alisson famously went up for a corner in the 95th minute of the Reds' clash at the Hawthorns in May 2021, with the score poised at 1-1.

With Jurgen Klopp's side desperately chasing Champions League qualification during an injury-hit campaign, Alisson created an iconic moment in modern Liverpool history as he headed home to secure all three points.

Reliving some of the Reds' greatest stoppage-time winners, Jota – who was not part of the squad to face West Brom that day – recalls how he had to curb his celebrations at home amid the excitement.

He told the Premier League: "When you see the keeper going forward, I think you always expect something like this happening but they normally never happen, that was just clutch from Ali.

"It's a great header, it is a great goal. That's the kind of moment where you react for the ball, but it's perfect and unstoppable.

"I remember I was injured, sitting on the chair and I jumped without really being able to.

"It was massive not just in that game but the whole season."

The Portuguese forward also revealed what he told Darwin Nuñez before his match-winning brace against Newcastle earlier this season.

"[It was a] very tough game. I remember the ball bounces. I tried to press the midfield and it ends up with Mo [Salah]," Jota said. "What a pass and what a finish, you don't normally see a team comeback with ten men – especially Newcastle away.

"The goal meant a lot to him [Nuñez], particularly the first one, because he hadn't been starting games. I said to him 'We're going to win this game, focus again, because we are going to win it and he scores the second. I think the belief is there."

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