Alisson Becker’s superb debut season for Liverpool hasn’t gone unnoticed in his home nation.

The Echo spoke to Rodrigo Calvozzo, assistant editor and columnist for Goal Brasil, about Liverpool’s man between the sticks in a recent interview.

And Calvozzo revealed that Alisson’s performances for the Merseyside club have helped cement his place as Brazil’s No.1.

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“People in Brazil have been following Alisson’s progress at Anfield with great interest, particularly when it was the Champions League final and he made some important saves,” said Calvozzo.

“A lot of fans were making a point of stopping to watch the game and to support Liverpool because they had three Brazilian players.

“Liverpool are a very traditional club and people in Brazil remember when Flamengo won the Copa Libertadores for the only time in 1981, they went on to beat Liverpool in the Intercontinental Cup in Japan.

“So now that Flamengo is in the knockout stages of the competition again this year they hope it could be a good omen and that history just might repeat itself.

“They are the biggest-supported club in the country so there have been lots of jokes and hopeful remarks about this among Flamengo’s fanbase.”

He continued: “Alisson is the number one for Brazil and I think his performances for Liverpool in the Champions League were crucial for Alisson in convincing all the people back home just how good he could be.

“These displays against the world’s best attacking players – and keeping them out – have given him more confidence.

“Last summer at the time of the World Cup, some observers thought he wasn’t the perfect goalkeeper for Brazil but he looks more secure and he’s the undisputed number.

“Playing for a team like Liverpool has really increased his profile – he’s the man now.

“Everyday he seems to have more confidence so it’s very important for Brazil to have this kind of goalkeeper.

“In the past we’ve had the likes of Taffarel and Carlos so it’s crucial to have someone who is a calming influence and he certainly has that quality.

“It’s been an incredible season for Brazilian fans watching the Premier League with the two top teams, Manchester City and Liverpool having several Brazilian players including both the goalkeepers.

“Ederson is a very good goalkeeper too but at this moment, Alisson is a little better and has been fantastic for Brazil.

Calvozzo concluded: “Some people have been asking why Fabinho has not in the squad and I’m one of them. I think that looking forward towards the next World Cup and the future he should be with us.

“We need to respect Tite’s choice but Fabinho is a name on the lips of many.”

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