Alisson Becker spoke to LiverpoolFC.com recently, discussing his 2018 Ballon d’Or nomination and leading a few songs for birthday boy Fabinho.
The Brazilian stopper made the shortlist for the prestigious award at the start of October, alongside teammates Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, after showing consistently solid form for Roma and Brazil last season.
And it would seem Alisson also enjoys a sing-song or two as he led the rest of the squad in a few celebratory renditions on Saturday night for Fabinho, who turned 25.
Here’s a snippet of his interview with the official Liverpool website:
It was another positive result for Liverpool on Saturday; 10 games into the Premier League season now, are you on track with your objectives as a team?
It’s a really important season for us, one of high expectations. There are already high expectations on us given our quality, and we have demonstrated this with only one defeat in the Champions League and we are unbeaten in the Premier League having achieved important results. So I definitely believe that we’re on the right track but it’s too early to get excited; we have to keep our feet on the ground. We know it’s going to be really difficult this season given the quality of the other teams and we know how difficult it is to win this league. We have to fight a great deal, taking it game by game and step by step to do everything right and continue on the trajectory we’re on at the moment.
Despite the 4-1 result, as a goalkeeper did you still come off the pitch a little bit frustrated with conceding a goal?
I came off the pitch very angry, definitely, for having conceded. The objective for the entire team is a clean sheet so it’s frustrating to have conceded. But the most important thing is the result; the victory is more important for me. It is mixed emotions – you’re angry at having conceded but that soon blows over and the victory is the most beneficial thing to us. We were really unlucky with the goal we conceded, it was a deflection and there was nothing really the defence could have done. We need to work hard and continue on this trajectory. We’re definitely on the right track.
There’s a sense from the outside that there is a lot more to come from the team as the season progresses. Is that something the players agree with?
We know we can improve on the pitch and I think that’s a positive thing, taking into account the campaign we’ve had up until now – joint-leaders with Manchester City – and there is still room for growth, both technically and tactically. It’s a positive thing for us and a positive thing we can work towards, so we’re always aware it’s a difficult league and we can give everything on the pitch. That’s our biggest challenge: to continue growing and continue to get better, so when other clubs maybe have a dip or have peaked, we can continue getting better and doing our best on the pitch.
You shared some footage on Saturday night from a singing session with some of your teammates – tell us a bit more about that…
It was a surprise birthday party organised by Fabinho’s wife, attended by his family and those closest to him – the Brazilians and Alberto [Moreno], who is always with us. There was a band there and I really like singing and I play the guitar; all the lads like to have a laugh as well. We all had a sing-song and took the opportunity to celebrate the important victory we’d had that day as well. We certainly had a great time.
You can read the rest of the interview at LiverpoolFC.com.