Jurgen Klopp writes emotional message to Alisson ahead of Liverpool vs Chelsea
Jurgen Klopp has written an emotional message to Alisson in Liverpool’s matchday programme ahead of their clash with Chelsea on Wednesday evening.
The Brazilian goalkeeper missed the win over Sheffield United on Sunday following the death of his father, Jose Becker, last week.
Alisson is expected to return for the Premier League champions’ fixture against Thomas Tuchel’s side at Anfield.
‘So to the most difficult sentences I think I have written in this publication since I arrived here. I refer of course to our goalkeeper Alisson Becker,’ Klopp wrote in Liverpool’s matchday programme.
‘It’s been almost impossible to speak about in public, to be honest – just too hard. But maybe I can write it better.
‘The world has experienced too much loss recently.
‘We have other members of our club who have suffered it. In the city of Liverpool, throughout this country and around the globe, too many have had to deal with the agony of losing a person they love so much. Bereavement is too common just now.
‘But for Ali, our wonderful, loving soulful, teammate, this was truly tragic.
“No-one really has the words to explain what they feel in these moments. I know I’m not adequate.
‘So instead I wish to tell Alisson how much this team and this club loves him and his family.
‘The greatest tribute possible to Alisson’s father is the person his son is and has become. He honours him every day with how he lives his life.
‘We must all give Ali as much time as he needs and we must give him space in the appropriate moments also. Our supporters should know that he feels their love and their compassion.
‘Ali has the strongest faith of anyone I’ve ever met, so he knows they will be together again to celebrate all the new special memories he creates from now on.’
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