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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp pen emotional message to Alisson after his father death

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Jurgen Klopp has paid a touching tribute to 'wonderful' Alisson following the tragic death of the goalkeeper's father in Brazil last week.

Jose Becker, 57, drowned in a lake near his holiday home in the south of the country on February 24, prompting an outpouring of sympathy for the Liverpool star.

And now Klopp, whose own mother sadly died in January, has told Alisson 'how much this team and this club loves him' in an emotional message.

The Brazilian is set to return to action against Chelsea tonight after missing Sunday's win at Sheffield United, with Klopp writing in his programme notes: '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 this 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'm 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 is and has become. He honours him every day with how he lives his life.

'We must all 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.

'Ali has the strongest faith of anyone I've ever met, so he knows they will be together again to celebrate all the new special memories he creates from now on.

'I've used this phrase, or a version of it, many times previously: football can feel like the most important of the least important things in life. It feels appropriate again tonight.

'For Ali and all others who have suffered loss, this wonderful game of ours can still bring escape, energy and joy.'

Alisson was forced to miss his father's funeral last week because of Covid-19 travel restrictions, despite desperately trying to find a way to get back to Brazil.

Mr Becker's body was found at around midnight on February 24 by the bank of a river by friends and employees of the property who had started a search after his concerned family had raised the alarm at around 5pm. No foul play is suspected.

It is believed Mr Becker, a real estate broker, had travelled on his own to the family's rural holiday property, which has no mobile phone signal, while his wife Magali stayed behind at their home in Novo Hamburgo, 220 miles away.

After receiving the devastating news, Alisson, who would speak to his dad every day, was determined to return to Brazil, according to a source at Sport Clube Internacional in Porto Alegre, the top-flight club where he played before leaving for Europe.

Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones dedicated his goal against Sheffield United to Alisson, days after news of his father's death emerged.

'It's been a difficult time for me and the rest of the team,' Jones said.

This goal is for Ali's dad, may he rest in peace. If Ali sees this, this is for you.'

Jones added: 'He's a strong lad, a big player for the team. He's not here today but we miss him for sure and I'd like to take this time to dedicate my goal to him, his dad and the rest of his family.'

Klopp echoed his midfielder's message, saying: 'It's a very nice touch from Curtis, of course, but it was clear it would be like this, that we'd try everything - not only for Ally but also for Ally of course.'

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