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Alisson comments speak volumes as Liverpool 'eyes' transfer for Brazil teammate Bento

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Alisson Becker is relishing the battle for the Brazil No.1 shirt amid speculation over his Liverpool future. The 31-year-old is coming off the back of another decent season at club level and will be involved at the Copa America this summer.

Manchester City stopper Ederson has been ruled out of the tournament after suffering a fractured eye socket in the crucial win over Tottenham, meaning Alisson will get the nod for the opener against Costa Rica later this month.

He is joined in the squad by Athletico Paranaense's Bento as well as Rafael of Sao Paulo, with the former reportedly emerging as a possible target for Liverpool.

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According to SportsZone, Liverpool is 'monitoring' the 24-year-old with Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan all keen on taking him to Europe. It is likely any deal to take Bento to Anfield would be as a replacement for Caoimhin Kelleher, who is eager to become a No.1 somewhere this summer.

Alisson is seven years older than international colleague Bento but he insists he is at the top of his game and has no plans to relinquish his jersey. Asked about the competition for places at a press conference earlier this week, Alisson said: "I am still one of the younger ones!

"I am at my peak. Brazil has many strong goalkeepers, both locally and internationally. It keeps us sharp and prevents complacency."

Alisson's admission comes amid speculation over his own future. It was reported by The Guardian last month that the Liverpool stopper is a top target for Saudi Pro League clubs this summer.

While he has indicated he will remain at Anfield and be part of Arne Slot's squad, TeamTalk claims the Liverpool stopper will receive a 'monster' offer to try and lure him to the Middle East.

Liverpool.com says: Alisson is right, 31 is still relatively young for a goalkeeper and there is no reason why he cannot play on for another seven or eight years. There looks like being interest from Saudi Arabia this summer but Liverpool will surely refuse any attempts to sign its No.1. His international teammate Bento looks a prospect but if he is to arrive, you'd expect it to be to join Alisson rather than replace him.