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Alisson Becker's strange squad number for Brazil explained as Liverpool star plays in US

Alisson Becker looks on while representing Brazil.
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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker was in action for Brazil earlier today as the Selecao beat Mexico 3-2 in Texas. The sides are warming up for the Copa America which will soon kick off on US soil.

It took a last-minute winning goal from Real Madrid wonderkid Endrick to secure the victory for Brazil. Goals from Andreas Pereira and Gabriel Martinelli had put it two ahead but Julian Quinones and Guillermo Martinez leveled things up.

Three minutes after Martinez's equalizer, Endrick went up the other end and scored the winning goal in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time. The likes of Lucas Paqueta, Bruno Guimaraes and Vinicius Junior came off the bench in a rotated Brazilian starting XI at the Kyle Field stadium.

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Alisson played the full 90 minutes and was wearing the number 110 on his back. He was the captain of his country and this was the 110th anniversary of the Brazilian national team so he was given special dispensation to commemorate the occasion.

Liverpool.com says: Amid talk of interest from Saudi Arabia in Alisson, there is no chance that he should be thinking about leaving Anfield (or that the Reds would consider cashing in). He is, quite simply, the best goalkeeper in the world bar none. His only drawback is his injury history but that is not his fault.

It is also, incidentally, why it is so important to keep hold of Caoimhin Kelleher this summer. Liverpool would find it really hard to find a better number two to Alisson than the Irishman. Kelleher got around half of the games last season because the Brazilian was missing for so long and while no one wants that to happen again, it can't be definitively ruled out.

If Alisson and Kelleher can share the goalkeeping duties under Arne Slot as they did under Jurgen Klopp then that would be a big boost for Liverpool's chances of success next season. As Kelleher admitted recently, Alisson is never going to be usurped as the number one pick but there are minutes available for the pair of them. It will be up to the Reds to convince the 25-year-old of that.