'Incredibly sad': Football world in mourning over drowning tragedy

Andrew Reid
·4-min read
Pictured here, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker with his late father Jose.
Alisson Becker has been rocked by the death of his father Jose, seen on the right with the Liverpool goalkeeper. Pic: Getty/Instagram

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been rocked by a devastating family tragedy, following news his father died in a shocking drowning incident.

The Premier League champions say they are "deeply saddened" for their player after confirming the news on social media.

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It is understood 57-year-old Jose Agostinho Becker drowned after going for a swim on his property in Lavras do Sul on Wednesday.

"He was fishing and drowned," Alisson's manager Zé Maria Neiss told CNN Brasil.

"The family is in shock."

A police inspector told Reuters that the 57-year-old had been swimming at a dam on his property when the tragic incident occurred.

Authorities say no foul play was suspected.

It's been a heartbreaking few weeks for Liverpool, with manager Jurgen Klopp losing his mother Elisabeth at the age of 81.

The Reds manager was unable to return to Germany for her funeral because of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is seen here consoling goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
The death of Alisson's father comes just weeks after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp lost his mother. Pic: Getty

In the wake of the latest tragedy, Liverpool posted a statement on social media to send its condolences to their goalkeeper and his family.

"Liverpool FC is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Alisson Becker's father, Jose, in Brazil," the club said in a statement on Thursday.

"The thoughts of everybody at the club are with Alisson and the Becker family at this incredibly sad and difficult time."

Football world pays its respects to Alisson

Alisson's teammates Adrian and Virgil Van Dijk both took to Instagram to express their support, with the former writing: "We are all with you hermano."

David De Gea, goalkeeper with arch-rivals Manchester United, posted a picture on Twitter of the two of them embracing after a game with the words: "We are all with you."

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Brazilian club Fluminense, where Alisson's brother Muriel currently plays, said on Twitter: "Fluminense Football Club deeply regret the passing of Jose Agostinho Becker, father of goalkeepers Muriel and Alisson.

"We wish all strength to his friends and family."

Alisson was inundated with messages from across the football world, with many putting their allegiances to one side to offer their condolences to the goalkeeper.

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