Tragedy as Alisson’s father found drowned in Brazil

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Alisson Becker’s father has died tragically after drowning in a lake near his holiday home on Wednesday, police have confirmed.

Jose Becker, 57, was swimming at a dam near his residence in southern Brazil, near the town of Rincao do Inferno.

He was declared missing around 5pm local time and his body was found at 11.59pm, authorities told ESPN Brazil. The local fire department from Cacapava do Sul assisted in the search and located the body.

Internacional, whom Alisson and his younger brother Muriel played for, sent their well wishes.

“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.

Liverpool signed the Brazilian in 2018 for a then record £66.8m for a goalkeeper.

The 28-year-0ld had emerged as a top talent between the sticks while at Roma, who he joined in 2016.

He made 64 appearances for the Serie A side in two years, keeping 26 clean sheets. What’s more, he conceded only 66 goals in those outings.

As such, his performances attracted the attentions of top sides across Europe, including Liverpool.

Alisson has gone on to make 114 appearances for the Reds and has won the Champions League and Premier League.

Mane draws line under title defence

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Meanwhile, Sadio Mane has outlined what Liverpool’s attentions will now turn to after hailing Man City for their Premier League campaign.

A run of just two wins in eleven league matches has seen Liverpool’s title defence crumble.

The Reds’ domestic focus has now shifted to securing the riches of another lucrative Champions League campaign.

Even that may be beyond Liverpool, however, with the side currently sitting in sixth position having played more games than many of the teams around them.

Should a finish outside the top four occur, a route back into the competition would still be available.

Winning the Champions League would see them qualify automatically. And the Reds currently hold a two-goal advantage in their Round of 16 tie with RB Leipzig.

One player who has his eye on that particular prize is Mane, who recently defended an under-fire teammate .

The Senegalese has experienced an uncharacteristic dip in form this season, notching just 11 goals from 32 matches across all competitions.

Nevertheless, when recently speaking to ESPN Brazil (via the Express), the forward rubberstamped the club’s new “main goal” after admitting their Premier League campaign is “finished.”

“At the beginning of the season, our goals were the Champions League, the Premier League and the cups,” said Mane.

“Now, I can say that it is finished in the Premier League, because the difference is very big. In our head, we always say not to give up, and we won’t.”