Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was holding back the tears as the Brazilian admitted he wished his dad had been able to see his injury-time winner against West Bromwich Albion.
Alisson’s father Jose Becker was just 57 when he died unexpectedly and in tragic circumstances in February.
Jose Becker had been swimming in a dam near his holiday home in the southern region of Brazil, near the town of Rincao do Inferno, on February 24 when he disappeared.
His body was found several hours later and the police confirmed they were not treating his death as suspicious and foul play was not suspected.
Alisson only missed one match in the immediate aftermath as he continued to star for Liverpool as they looked to secure Champions League qualification.
And the 28-year-old gave his side a major boost against West Brom on Sunday when with the scores level and the four minutes of added time already up, he came forward for a corner and scored a super header, directing Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross into the far corner.
Amid the chaotic celebrations, Alisson fell to his knees surrounded by his team-mates and as he came up, he pointed to the sky and could be seen speaking.
At the final whistle, he was joined by his team-mates and when goalkeeping coach Achterberg hugged the Brazilian, he was brought to tears as the men embraced.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Alisson said: "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.
"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."
It was Alisson’s first professional goal and although six goalkeepers have scored in the Premier League before, he became the first shot-stopper to score a winning goal in the competition.
But one of the most memorable goals in recent Premier League history may not have happened had it not been for Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg.
Alisson explained: “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.
“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.”
Alisson is a devout Christian and has reportedly even performed baptisms on team-mate Roberto Firmino and Manchester United midfielder Fred.
The former Roma shot-stopper acknowledged his faith on several occasions during the interview with Sky Sports but he also made a point of thanking all of the clubs, managers and players who had reached out to him following his father’s death.
He said: “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.”
When asked if it was an incredibly emotional celebration because of what he has been through this year, Alisson replied: “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.”