Alisson‘s last appearance for Brazil was last December in the World Cup quarter-finals, and his absence from the starting lineup is expected to continue this month.
Brazil have played five matches since they were knocked out in Qatar and Liverpool’s No. 1 has been on the bench for four of them and absent entirely for another.
From a Liverpool perspective, the idea of minimising Alisson‘s risk of injury while on international duty is welcomed, but it will be a huge personal disappointment for the 31-year-old.
Brazil meet Venezuela and Uruguay in World Cup qualifiers and the visit of the former (Friday at 1.30am BST) is expected to see Alisson snubbed for the sixth successive match.
“The relationship between the goalkeepers is very good, it’s a healthy competition,” the City ‘keeper said.
“It’s great to have two goalkeepers who are always looking for and achieving personal and professional goals.
“The coach only chooses one and whoever play will be able to do the job. It can only be good for Brazil.”
During the September break, Diniz insisted the “dispute” over which goalkeeper starts “will always be open,” and while that choice is seemingly straightforward for those of a Liverpool persuasion, at least Alisson will be largely kept out of harm’s way.