Alisson’s former goalkeeping coach Daniel Pavan has revealed that the Brazilian almost quit football when he was 15 years old.
Until Chelsea completed a £71million purchase of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Chelsea, Alisson was the most expensive goalkeeper of all time after Liverpool paid £65million to sign him from AS Roma.
His arrival has prompted talk of an all-out challenge on the Premier League title but his career could have ended before it even started.
Former goalkeeping coach Daniel Pavan has revealed that the now world-class goalie almost gave up football as a 15-year-old, a move which would have deprived the world of his talent.
Pavan coached Alisson and his brother Muriel, also a goalkeeper who plays for Belenenses.
“His biological maturing was slower,” the coach said. “When he was 15 his parents came to say he was going to drop out. I insisted Alisson would grow soon, Muriel promised to help and there he is now.
“In the academy teams he often didn’t make it to the bench, he was constantly overlooked even though we knew he had talent. He was a little chubby teenager.”
12 months after nearly quitting football, Alisson had grown six inches and was 6 foot 4.