Jurgen Klopp pays tribute to Alisson’s dad after stopper sat out Sheffield United win following tragic death

LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to Alisson Becker’s late father after his tragic death.

Jose Agostinho Becker, 57, drowned in a lake near his home in Lavras do Sul, Brazil, last month.

Alisson was sadly unable to attend his funeral due to coronavirus restrictions.

And the 28-year-old stopper was not involved in Sunday’s 2-0 win against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

However, Alisson is in line to start against Chelsea at Anfield tomorrow.

And boss Klopp paid tribute to the Brazilian and his father in the matchday programme.

Klopp said: “And so to the most difficult sentences I think I have written in this publication since I arrived here.

“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 teammate, 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 term 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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