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Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo
Paul Gorst

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp pays emotional tribute to Alisson Becker's father

Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to the father of Alisson Becker as he told Liverpool fans that the goalkeeper feels their ongoing support.

Jose Becker passed away last week after a swimming incident in the city of Bage, Brazil.

Mr Becker went missing last Wednesday afternoon after diving into the dam on his property in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

The 57-year-old was later reported as missing before his body was believed to have been found at around midnight, local time.

Alisson sat out Sunday's 2-0 win over Sheffield United as a result but is set to return on Thursday night when the Reds host Chelsea.

Writing in his programme notes for the game, Klopp paid his respects to Alisson's father, saying the goalkeeper "honours him every day" at Anfield.

"And so to the most difficult sentences I think I have written in this publication since I arrived here," Klopp wrote.

"I refer, of course, to our goalkeeper, Alisson Becker.

"It's been almost impossible to speak about in public, to be honest - just too hard. But maybe I can write it better.

"The world has experienced too much loss recently. We have other members of our club who have suffered it.

"In the city of Liverpool, throughout the country and around the globe, too many have had to deal with the agony of losing a person they love so much.

"Bereavement is too common just now.

"But for Ali, our wonderful, loving, soulful team-mate, this was truly tragic.

"No-one really has the words to explain what they feel in these moments.

"I know I am not adequate. So instead, I wish to tell Alisson how much this team and this club loves him and his family.

"The greatest tribute possible to Alisson's father is the person his son has become.

"He honours him every day with how he lives his life.

"We give Ali as much time as he needs and we must give him space in the appropriate moments also.

"Our supporters should know that he feels their love and their compassion."

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