The father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker drowned in a lake near his holiday home in southern Brazil on Wednesday, local police said.
José Becker, 57, had been swimming at a dam on his property when the accident happened on Wednesday afternoon, Doroteo Machado Filho, a police inspector in the town of Lavras do Sul, told Reuters. No foul play was suspected.
Liverpool issued a statement asking for Alisson's privacy to be respected.
"Liverpool FC is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Alisson Becker's father, Jose, in Brazil on Wednesday," the English champions said. "The thoughts of everybody at the club are with Alisson and the Becker family at this incredibly sad and difficult time."
You’ll Never Walk Alone, @Alissonbecker ❤️ pic.twitter.com/58Uf4bcKAB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 25, 2021
Alisson joined Liverpool in 2018 from Roma and was voted FIFA Best Men's Goalkeeper in 2019. His older brother Muriel is a goalkeeper for Brazilian side Fluminense. Internacional, who both brothers played for, 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," the club said.
É com muita tristeza que recebemos a notícia da morte de José Agostinho Becker, pai dos nossos ex-goleiros Alisson e Muriel. O Clube do Povo deseja força aos familiares e amigos neste momento de tanta dor.— Sport Club Internacional (@SCInternacional) February 25, 2021
(Reporting by Andrew Downie in London; Editing by Peter Rutherford)