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Alisson reveals he followed his father’s funeral online to help Liverpool qualify for the Champions League

Alisson has revealed he made the decision to watch his father’s funeral online to avoid missing Liverpool games amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite an offer from team-mates to charter the goalkeeper a flight home.

Jose Agostinho Becker died in February last year when he tragically drowned in a lake on the family’s ranch near the southern Brazilian town of Lavras do Sul.

Alisson, who spoke to his father every day, was forced to make the heartbreaking decision to remain in the UK.

The Liverpool goalkeeper told UOL Esporte there hasn’t been a day that he hasn’t thought about his father.

“I remember the time he died was the peak of the pandemic and I wasn’t able to attend the funeral,” Alisson said. “I participated online, it was my decision.

“Liverpool offered me everything to travel there, my team-mates offered to charter a flight so I could fly direct to Porto Alegre.

“They would do it for me if I wanted to, but I couldn’t go now.”

Alisson said his wife’s pregnancy contributed to the decision to remain in the UK due to the risks posed by the coronavirus.

The 30-year-old said the awareness he could have missed important Premier League games for Liverpool was also a consideration.

Alisson would have been forced to isolate himself for 10 days upon his return if he had made the return journey to Brazil.

“My wife was pregnant, she was in danger, and I couldn’t put her in danger,” Alisson said. I couldn’t leave her alone. She suffered just like me.

“My concern was my mother, but my brother managed to be with her. It was a sensible decision to stay away at the time.

“Liverpool were also going through a difficult period and were struggling for a place in the Champions League and if I had gone to Brazil I would have had to spend some time in isolation and I don’t know if I would have had time to come back at that time, the season to end. My teammates also needed me.”

Alisson missed just one game after the tragedy and Liverpool’s number one returned to support their push for Champions League qualification.

The Premier League champions were in danger of missing out on qualifying after spending part of the season outside the top four.

Alisson played a key role in Liverpool’s end of the season, with the keeper famously scoring a late header to earn a 2-1 win over West Brom in a crucial game at the end of the season.

The goal put Liverpool’s fate in their own hands and Jurgen Klopp’s side finished third, three points clear of fifth-placed Leicester.

“I’m too emotional after everything that’s been happening in my life lately with my family,” Alisson said after the goal.

“Football has been my life since I remembered my father. I hope he was there watching and celebrating.

“It was for my family and for the boys.”

Alisson said the goal and the birth of his son helped him after his father’s death, as did the support he received from the world of football.

The 30-year-old is currently in Qatar with the Brazilian national team.

He is expected to face Serbia in Thursday’s World Cup opening game as the South Americans seek a record sixth title.

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