Why Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson wore bizarre Brazil shirt number against Mexico

Alisson Becker lines up for Brazil
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Alisson's latest appearance for Brazil turned a few heads, but not the typical reasons onlooking Liverpool supporters would have put him down for.

Whether it be a string of stunning saves, a new hairstyle and facial hair configuration or even a match-winning goal, Alisson has pretty much stole the headlines in many ways since his £67m transfer from AS Roma six years ago. Overnight he was at it again, this time as Brazil warmed up for their upcoming Copa America tournament.

Lining up for his country, the goalkeeper was seen not wearing the typical No.1 of a player in his position, nor the No.13 that he took when the former was unavailable during his first season on Merseyside. Instead, he was handed a grey jersey printed with an unusual three-digit number on the reverse - 110.

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It is not usually customary for international squad numbers to exceed the total players in a squad, let alone two digits, so why was this the case for Alisson? Well, the answer is a simple one.

Yesterday's date, June 8, marked the exact 110th anniversary of the Brazilian national team, who first took to a pitch in 1914. As designated captain of Dorival Junior's current group of players, Liverpool's goalkeeper was handed the honour of donning the commemorative number for the match.

"It is an honour for me to be able to wear this shirt," he said. "It is a very symbolic number of our entire history, of our nation. All achievements are carried on our chest. It is an honour and a great joy to be able to wear this shirt."

As the match took place at 2am on Sunday morning in UK, Reds supporters woke up hours later to the image of Alisson's peculiar kit with the question to be answered. A Selecao narrowly won the friendly with Mexico 3-2 in Texas, requiring a stoppage-time winner from teenager Endrick to do so.

Alisson and his team-mates are due to begin their Copa America campaign on June 25 against Costa Rica, before playing further Group D fixtures against Paraguay and Luis Diaz's Colombia.