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Liverpool’s Alisson was almost stopped from playing football by parents –Mentor

Alisson ’ s path to becoming the world ’s costliest goalkeeper may never have come about had his parents not been persuaded he would slim down and grow enough to succeed , his former goalkeeping coach told The Sun on Tuesday .

The 25 -year-old Brazilian number one — who signed for Liverpool for a record £ 67 million ($ 88 million, 75 million euros) from Italian side AS Roma this month — was too fond of biscuits and fizzy drinks and his parents preferred he stop football and return to his studies .

“ One day his parents came looking for me , thinking he had no future in the profession and they wanted to get him out of football ,” his mentor Daniel Pavan told The Sun.

“ They thought he had more future in his studies and that he should leave the club.
“ But I managed to convince them Alisson was still going to grow to maturity for his age and would have a great future as a keeper. ”
Pavan said he told the parents they should not be concerned about his relatively small height at the time because he would definitely grow and become a commanding presence in the penalty area — he now stands at 6 feet 4inches ( 1. 93 metres ) .

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“ When Alisson started he had a slower maturation than the other boys , this made him a shorter keeper and one with weight above the others ,” said Pavan .

“ This made him often deprived of a position in the starting line-up and sometimes even the bench .
“ Genetically, he was slower than the boys of his age but with different technical gestures — – we bet on his growth from the first moment.
“ And thank God they heard me . A year later he had grown 6. 5in ( 16 .51 centimetres ). ”

Alisson is a rarity for a footballer in that he hails from a middle class background , his mother is a real estate broker and his father was in the leather and footwear business .

But he was desperate to prove himself at Brazilian club Internacional , whose youth system he joined aged 15 . He went on to make over 100 appearances for them.

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Pavan says he is enormously proud to have seen his protege play at the World Cup finals and as a result engineer a big money move to the Premier League.

He remained in touch with Alisson even after he joined Roma in 2016 for just 7 .5 million euros, a fraction of the price he cost Liverpool two years later.
“ Of the 13 years that he was at Internacional , eight were spent working with me ,” said Pavan .

“ They were years of learning and teaching in all areas. I think we contributed much to Alisson as an athlete, a man and a citizen .”

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Man Utd sack Jose Mourinho: Red Devils part way with manager after poor start to the season


Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Manchester United following their disappointing start to the season.

The Red Devils currently sit sixth in the Premier League table but have already lost five times in 17 matches, leaving them 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and 11 off fourth-placed Chelsea in the fight for Champions League places.

That follows a summer transfer window in which Mourinho routinely complained at a lack of signings, with the Portuguese unable to persuade the club’s hierarchy to sign a new centre-back.

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Mourinho has continued to drop hints that he remains unhappy at that failure to spend big, and he now leaves after two-and-a-half years in charge at Old Trafford, with his final match in charge Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool.

“Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect,” a statement read.

“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.
“A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”

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Manchester United Faces PSG, Juventus To Battle Atletico – Full UCL Last 16 Draw


The draws for the 2018/2019 UEFA Champions leagie last sixteen has been concluded on Monday as four English teams and three Spanish teams as well as three German teams are set to battle each other.

According to the last 16 draws by the UEFA Champions League on Monday afternoon, the reigning champions, Real Madrid will take on Ajax, while Manchester City must tackle Schalke, and Tottenham will battle with Borussia Dortmund in the knock-out rounds.

Manchester United will face Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp must tackle German opposition in the form of Bayern Munich.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus meet Atletico Madrid, while Lyon have been handed the unenviable task of trying to shackle Lionel Messi and Barcelona. Roma have been paired with Porto and Ajax with reigning champions Real Madrid.

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 Lukaku’s first touch is bad, he loses the ball a lot – Mourinho 

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has slated Romelu Lukaku’s first touch, following their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

Mourinho, however, feels he had a good game, despite failing to register a single shot on target.

“I think he didn’t have a bad game at all.

“I think he fought his heart, he had good movement, he set up the goal.

“He was lively, he had good movement, he had good interactions.

“Sometimes his first touch is not the best and he loses lots of ball in the first touch, but today it did not happen.

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“He had some link-up. I think he fought hard. I think he’s improving. He played positively the last game against Fulham and today a very difficult match to play. I think he was positive,” Mourinho told reporters after the game.

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