Liverpool have asked that their goalkeeper Alisson is allowed privacy, as he grieves the shock death of his father.
Jose Becker was reported by media, in his native Brazil, to have died after being involved in a swimming accident at a dam on his property in the town of Rincao do Inferno.
News arrived late on Wednesday that the 57 year old had been reported missing, and his body was later found, leaving Alisson in shock at the tragic accident.
The club led tributes to the former goalkeeper, with a statement which read: “ Liverpool FC is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Alisson Becker’s father, Jose, in Brazil on Wednesday.
“The thoughts of everybody at the club are with Alisson and the Becker family at this incredibly sad and difficult time. The club requests that the privacy of Alisson and his family is respected during this time.”
Alisson has spoken of the bond he has with his father, and Liverpool will now allow their keeper to absorb the news of his passing, and give him support in the coming days.
They will firmly support any decision he makes on whether to travel back to Brazil to be with his family at such a painful time, and allow him the space to make his own decisions, including about any participation against Sheffield United this weekend.
It is understood boss Jurgen Klopp, who lost his mother recently and was unable to travel to the funeral in Germany, has spoken at length with the player, and will offer support in the coming days.
If Alisson does return to Brazil, then it is likely he would be forced to quarantine on his return to the UK, under the latest red zone travel restrictions.
Brazil is on that list, and under the regulations, British nationals or anyone with residence rights in the UK, must quarantine for 10 days after arriving back in the country.
That would mean him missing several matches, quite possibly the five games up until the international break in the middle of March, but there would be no pressure to prevent the Brazil international from travelling.