Alisson Admits Struggles With Scouse Accent
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson told the official Liverpool magazine that he is adjusting to learning English- but admits that the regional accent in Merseyside offered just as many challenges as the English language itself!
The Liverpool accent, referred to as a ‘scouse accent’, is distinctive and the Brazilian goalkeeper confesses that it has taken him some time to understand. “I have been having regular English lessons,” Alisson revealed.
“One of the hardest challenges I had at the start was getting used to the accent, not just the British accent but the Liverpool accent!” Alisson told the official Liverpool magazine. But I’ve managed to deal with this. I can understand people and I can communicate with my teammates, which is really important.”
Alisson says having compatriots Fabinho and Roberto Firmino at the club was very important for his adaption, but insists all of his teammates were supportive following his sumer move from AS Roma. “When I came here I felt that everyone was important for me, not just the Brazilians,” he explained.
“Obviously Roberto Firmino was already here and then Fabinho arrived more or less the same time as I did. All the players are important, be they the local players from the UK or the players from overseas. I admire the strength we have as a team and the quality that every single one of our players has, but the most important thing for me is the team spirit.”
Alisson says his family have moved with him, while his brother also lives in Europe, which has eased the adaption process. “Above all I feel at home here. Home is where the heart is and where the family is. My family is here, my daughter and my wife live here and my parents come when they can.
“My brother lives in Portugal, which is not too far, and comes when he can. That helps when I’m missing them. When I think abut Brazil, I miss it a lot but I have been welcomed here and I feel very much at home.
“The whole group received me very well. The fans have been very kind too, as have the technical team, so I’m really happy here in Liverpool.” Alisson has been feted for his performances this season, with Liverpool currently a point clear at the top of the Premier League. They play at home to Tottenham on Sunday.