The father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker drowned on Wednesday while swimming in a dam on his vacation home in southern Brazil.
Jose Becker, 57, was declared missing at 5pm local time on Wednesday. He was found on the property of his holiday home near the town of Rincao do Inferno at 11:59pm after a local fire department joined the search, according to ESPN Brazil.
Foul play was not suspected, local police said.
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Alisson joined Liverpool in July 2018 from Roma in a then record fee for a keeper. He was instrumental in the side’s drought-breaking Premier League victory last season, and was named FIFA’s 2019 the Best Goalkeeper winner.
The death of the Brazilian veteran’s father is another blow to the gloveman, who has struggled for form in recent weeks – including making a pair of horrible errors against Manchester City in a 4-1 defeat.
A number of Brazilian clubs – for whom Alisson and brother Muriel have played – tweeted their condolences.
“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,” Internacional said.
Fluminense tweeted: “The Fluminense Football Club deeply regrets the death of José Agostinho Becker, father of goalkeepers Muriel and Alisson. We wish all friends and family all the strength.”
Sao Paulo wrote: “With much regret, Sao Paulo FC receives the sad news of the death of José Agostinho Becker, father of goalkeepers Alisson and Muriel. Our condolences and solidarity with the two athletes and their families. A lot of strength and a lot of light at this point.”