Alisson Becker says Fabinho is Liverpool’s “most important player” and has shed light on his own long-term plans.
Alisson has been an important player for Liverpool ever since joining them for what was temporarily a world record transfer for a goalkeeper in 2018.
The goalkeeper proved to be one of the missing pieces that would help lead them to the Premier League title. He has also won the Champions League along the way.
In front of him, Virgil Van Dijk also made a telling difference to Liverpool’s fortunes, but they are having to cope without him at present due to an ACL injury.
In that time, Alisson’s compatriot Fabinho has been entrusted with filling in at centre-back. However, the midfielder does not feature as frequently for the Brazilian national team.
Alisson, though, thinks Fabinho is a vital cog for club and country, as he reacted to comments from Jurgen Klopp suggesting Brazil coach Tite does not use the 27-year-old as much as he deserves.
“I didn’t speak to Klopp. Of course, I talked to Fabinho, we saw that he said that,” he told Globo Esporte.
“But it’s his opinion, if there’s anyone who can talk about it specifically, it’s Klopp.
“I believe that Fabinho is the most important player for both the club and the national team, this is my opinion about that. He’s a very important player wherever he is, he always proves his worth on the pitch.
“He has been playing for Van Dijk and, unfortunately, with his injury we miss him too. He can play in midfield, as a defender, he was a full-back in the past and these characteristics bring even more value to him.”
Alisson could play into 40s
Alisson remains under contract at Liverpool until 2024, by which time he will be 32 years old. However, he can see himself continuing his career in Europe beyond then – but he does not have a clear plan.
“I never went into making many long-term plans,” he insisted.
“Logically, I had dreams, but always with my feet on the ground and very focused on what I have in hand, what I can do now in the present. Determining a target, but making things happen in the now, knowing that the future depends on the now.
“I have plans to make a long career in football, to play as much as I can at a high level. Now if it will be up to 35, 40 or more than 40, I don’t know, I have a lot of road there.
“I hope to do my best while in the national team and in Europe.”
When the time comes to leave Liverpool, the goalkeeper says he could return to his native Brazil. However, he is not putting a timeframe on such a decision.
“I have the desire to return to Brazil, but when it will happen, only God knows,” he said. “We make plans, but I certainly know that God has something prepared for me in the future, but I’m living in the present for now.”
And Alisson has one club in mind if he does go back home in future – his former side Internacional.
He added: “I know that God has something for me, I want to follow God’s plans for my life. But my heart’s desire for when I return to Brazil, if God goes to answer it, is to return to Inter, home, the club that I love.
“I have a lot of respect for all the clubs in Brazil. I might even want to play for some other club. But I don’t know if I would be able to go back to Brazil and not go to Inter.”