Curtis Jones dedicates goal to Alisson and his late father in emotional interview as Jurgen Klopp confirms Liverpool goalkeeper will be back for Chelsea

Liverpool ace Curtis Jones paid a fitting tribute to Alisson Becker and his late father after scoring in Sunday’s Premier League victory over Sheffield United.

The local lad netted the crucial breakthrough goal in a 2-0 victory for the Reds at Bramall Lane, as Jurgen Klopp’s team returned to winning ways after a four-game losing streak.

Jones netted a crucial goal for Liverpool as the champions ended their slump

And they ended their recent duck without number one goalkeeper Alisson between the sticks, with the Brazilian sitting this one out after last week’s devastating news about his father.

Jose Becker tragically died last week in a swimming accident back home in Brazil.

Liverpool led the tributes and messages of strength to Alisson last week, with the goalkeeper responding on social media.

And after missing Sunday’s trip to Sheffield United, with No.2 Adrian taking his place for the game, Jones dedicated his goal to his teammate in an emotional post-match interview.

“I’m happy that I got on the scoresheet, it’s been a difficult time for myself and the rest of the team,” he said.

Alisson Becker with his father Jose, who died aged 57 after drowning in lake near his holiday home in Brazil
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“And I’d like to take this time to say that this goal is for Ali’s Dad. May he rest in peace and if Ali sees this, this is for you, bro.

“He’s a strong lad and of course he’s a big part of the team, he’s not here today and we miss him for sure.

“I’d like to take this time to dedicate my goal for him, his dad and the rest of his family.”

Klopp later suggested Alisson is set to return to the starting XI for Liverpool’s next game against Chelsea on Thursday, after he was granted compassionate leave this weekend.

Speaking to reporters after the game, the manager said he is ‘pretty sure’ both Alisson and midfielder-cum-defender Fabinho will both be available for the Anfield clash.

The boss also praised Jones for his goal and dedication, saying the whole Liverpool team were playing for their absent teammate.

“I was never in doubt about the togetherness of this team,” said the German.

“The world is like this. We win a game and we show togetherness, everybody speaks.

“We don’t win a game and (people say) we are not together. It’s not as easy as that.

“It was another special week, it’s a very nice touch from Curtis, of course, but it is clear we try our everything not only for Ali.”

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