27 Facts About Alisson


Alisson Ramses Becker was born on 2 October 1992, and commonly known as Alisson, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Liverpool and the Brazil national team.

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Alisson is widely regarded to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world due to his distribution and ability in one-on-one situations.

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Alisson joined Internacional's academy in 2002, progressing through the youth set up before making his senior debut in 2013.

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At Liverpool, Alisson has won the Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.

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Alisson represented Brazil at various youth levels before making his senior international debut in 2015 whereafter he represented the nation at the Copa America Centenario in 2016, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the 2019 and 2021 Copa America, winning the 2019 tournament while being named its best goalkeeper.

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Alisson was an undisputed starter in the following year during which he amassed 57 appearances across all competitions.

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On 4 February 2016, Alisson signed a pre-contract with Italian club Roma, signing a five-year deal for a €7.

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Alisson officially completed his transfer to Italian Serie A side, Roma, in July 2016.

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Alisson ultimately made 15 appearances across all competitions from the season but failed to feature in any league fixtures.

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Alisson later revealed that he would have considered leaving Roma had he not been guaranteed more first-team football.

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Alisson was praised for his performances in the UEFA Champions League, and played a key role in the club's campaign in which they reached the semi-finals.

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Alisson received praise for his subsequent performances in wins over Crystal Palace and Brighton which saw him keep three consecutive clean sheets.

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On 21 December, Alisson kept a clean sheet against Flamengo in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup Final with Liverpool winning the trophy for the first time.

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On 6 March 2020, Alisson was injured again, meaning he missed the next day's Premier League win against Bournemouth, and the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg loss against Atletico Madrid, the final two Liverpool matches before the season was suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK.

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On 5 May 2016, Alisson was named to Brazil's 23-man squad for the Copa America Centenario.

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Alisson conceded a total of two goals in three matches as Brazil were eliminated in the group stage.

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In May 2018, Alisson was selected in the final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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Alisson was ever-present as Brazil made it to the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Belgium.

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Alisson has been praised for his ability to produce crucial saves, brilliant in one-on-one situations as well as his positioning, distribution and consistency, and is rated by some in the sport as the best goalkeeper in the world.

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Alisson cites former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes as an inspiration, due to his ability to play out from the back, as well as Manuel Neuer, for his 'sweeper keeper' style.

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Alisson is known for his speed and timing when rushing off his line, as well as his ability to clear or challenge for the ball with his feet outside the area, or get to ground quickly to collect or parry the ball inside the box; moreover, due to his distribution, he is capable of playing the ball out from the back quickly with his hands as well as his feet, and has the ability to launch attacks, or pick out midfielders with his long goal kicks.

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Alisson possesses good reflexes and excellent shot-stopping abilities, as well as the capacity to produce spectacular and instinctive reaction saves when necessary, but he is predominantly known for his efficient style of goalkeeping, courtesy of his anticipation, consistency, composure, intelligence, positional sense, and goalkeeping technique, which enables him to read the game, cover the goal well, and stop shots without having to resort to histrionics.

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Alisson is regarded by some, and according to his statistics, the most proficient goalkeeper in the Premier League when left in an individual battle with an opponent, and the best in the world.

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Alisson's playing style has drawn comparisons with compatriots Julio Cesar, Muriel Becker, and Claudio Taffarel in the media.

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Alisson's older brother Muriel is a goalkeeper and was developed at Internacional.

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Alisson is a devout Pentecostal Christian, and holds baptisms in his swimming pool, hosting the baptisms of teammate Roberto Firmino and even the wife of Manchester United player Fred.

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Alisson has been nicknamed "The Holy Goalie" by teammate Virgil van Dijk due to his faith, and lifted the Champions League trophy wearing a T-shirt with "† = ?" on it.

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