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‘You’ll never walk alone’ – Liverpool send goalkeeper Alisson messages of support after father’s death

FOOTBALL By Mirror | February 25th 2021
Soccer Football - Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool - The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - November 28, 2020 Liverpool's Alisson looks dejected after the match [Pool via REUTERS/Neil Hall]

The father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has died after drowning in a lake in Brazil.

Jose Becker, 57, was swimming in a dam near his holiday home in the southern region of the country, near the town of Rincao do Inferno on Wednesday.

He was reported missing to local police at 5pm before the Cacapava do Sul Fire Department later located his body during their search at 11:59pm.

Local authorities say the death is not being treated as suspicious and foul play is not suspected.

Liverpool took to Twitter on Thursday to send a message of support to their keeper, writing: "You'll Never Walk Alone @Alissonbecker."

Brazilian club Internacional - whom Alisson and his younger brother Muriel both used to play for - issued a statement following the tragic news.

"It is with great sadness that we received the news of Jose Agostinho Becker's death, the father of our ex-goalkeepers Alisson and Muriel," the club said.

"Clube do Povo wishes strength to family and friends in this moment of so much pain."

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Soccer Football - FA Community Shield - Arsenal v Liverpool - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - August 29, 2020 Liverpool's Alisson look dejected [Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge]

Sao Paolo FC also posted on their Twitter account, writing: "With much regret, São Paulo FC receives the sad news of the death of José Agostinho Becker, father of goalkeepers Alisson and Muriel.

"Our condolences and solidarity with the two athletes and their families. A lot of strength and a lot of light at this point."

The Reds' local rivals Everton also sent their condolences, writing: "The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Everton are with Alisson Becker and his family following the tragic news of the death of his father, Jose Becker."

Jose was a goalkeeper himself at amateur level, representing Rio Grande do Sul, and provided a great influence on his sons.

Speaking in 2018, Alisson said: "I have a family of goalkeepers.

“My father played for his work team, my mother played handball in school, and my grandfather played in amateur football.

"And after all this, came my brother playing and then I started to like it, too."

Muriel, 34, currently plays for Brazilian side Fluminese.

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