Father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson found dead in Brazil after drowning in lake

Chris Bascombe
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Alisson - GETTY
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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker is mourning the tragic death of his father, Jose, who was killed in a swimming accident in his native Brazil.

The 57-year-old was reported missing on Wednesday after being last seen swimming at a dam on his property near the town of Lavras do Sul.

His body was discovered several hours later, police confirming the cause of death as by drowning.

Tributes and condolences have poured into Liverpool since the news was confirmed on Thursday morning, the Merseyside club now pleading for privacy for the player as he comes to terms with the devastating loss.

“Liverpool FC is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Alisson Becker’s father, Jose,” the club said in a short statement on its website.

“The thoughts of everybody at the club are with Alisson and the Becker family at this incredibly sad and difficult time.”

Alisson’s brother, Muriel, is also a professional goalkeeper. The brothers’ former club, Internacional was among the first to offer its sympathies, as did Liverpool’s neighbours Everton.

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There was also a touching message from Manchester United number one, David De Gea, who posted a photograph of the two rivals embracing after a recent game, accompanied by the message: "We are all with you."

Since leaving Brazilian football in 2016, Alisson has become widely regarded as one of the world’s best goalkeepers, and was named FIFA’s Goalkeeper of the Year in 2019.

He joined Liverpool in 2018 after two years at Roma. Since his move to Merseyside, the club has won the Champions League, Premier League and World Club Cup, with his £65 million signing considered one of the most pivotal in Jurgen Klopp’s reign.

The passing of Alisson’s father is the latest in a series of tragedies befalling the club in the last few months.

In November, the club mourned the loss of legendary goalkeeper Ray Clemence following his long cancer battle.

Then in December Liverpool were shocked to learn of the passing of former manager Gerard Houllier, who had undergone heart surgery in Paris.

Jurgen Klopp’s mother, Elisabeth, died in January. The Liverpool manager was unable to attend her funeral due to a German ban on travellers from England.