Over the years, the world of sports has witnessed numerous doppelgangers and lookalikes who have a tendency of enticing fans with their stark resemblances to popular sportspersons. But, the case of Alison Becker is more of a case of a mistaken identity that has allowed her to make an impact on social media one week after another.
The American actress, who shares almost the same name with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker, has witnessed a huge influx of public interest and massive rise to her followers on social media. For an actress, who previously hosted VH1's Top 20 Video Countdown, Becker doesn't really need publicity in the first place, but she isn't really complaining about an increased public interest.
Excited to announce that I will be joining Liverpool as a goalkeeper!— alisonbecker (@thealisonbecker) July 17, 2018
It all began when thousands of Liverpool fans skimmed and fell for a tweet she posted in relation to the arrival of Brazilian footballer Becker as the Reds new goalkeeper. And, from that moment on, a relationship between Becker and the last community she expected to be a part of has blossomed.
"The LFC fans have just been so embracing and absolutely lovely. I first found that we shared a name before he joined Liverpool, just because I'm a human being and I Google myself! When he joined Liverpool, I kind of wrote out a joke Tweet before he made it official and the response was just shocking to me," the 42-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com over the phone from Los Angeles.August 29, 2019
"I think the reason it got picked up is because - even though I'm definitely not as famous as he is, I'm an actor here and have the verified blue checkmark on Twitter - people just skimming and seeing the checkmark on Twitter must have assumed I was him. That was when it really blew up in a great way," she added.
On 19th July 2018, Liverpool announced the signing of Alisson for a staggering fee of £66.8 million - making the Brazilian the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, surpassing the likes of Man City's Ederson. Since then, Alisson has been a key ingredient in Jurgen Klopp's vision for Liverpool which continues to scale new heights in club football.
"At first the jokes were just off the cuff and I was ad-libbing," she states. "Once I started learning all these terms like 'clean sheets' and 'between the sticks', now I feel like I can plan out my Tweets a little more. Everyone has just been so incredible. I'm an actor and I'm also a director. I just did a music video and I put it out to Liverpool fans like, 'Hey, if you want to know what I do in my life, I just directed this video'," the American star said.
Yesterday I scored 4 baskets in my women's recreational basketball game. Today I'm the best male goalkeeper in the world. Don't stop dreaming, y'all. https://t.co/Nv7sGOz0bk— alisonbecker (@thealisonbecker) September 24, 2019
"All the comments now under the video on YouTube are just 'YNWA'. The musician who made the video, she's like, 'Who are all these people? What does YNWA mean?' I'm like, 'Well, that's a funny story'. I've always liked soccer but I've never been a huge football fan. Now I find myself really along for the ride," she revealed.
Separated by just a single letter, Becker continues to witness a barrage of messages directed at her on social media as many still continue to mistake her as the Reds keeper. And, the American actress is making the most of it.
"Many did mistake me at first and many still do. After a game, I'll get a lot of Tweets. Some of them I can tell are in on the joke and some of them will just lay into me about how well they think I did. If anyone is in on the joke I love it. But if anyone comes at me with criticism, I'll just come back with something like, 'Well, at least I can tell the difference between a male goalkeeper and female comedian!'," she disclosed.
. @LFCUSA@LFC@Alissonbecker Super excited to announce I'm accepting the offer to play for Liverpool as keeper! Not sure who they have right now in the position, by I guess he wasn't working out... pic.twitter.com/2mGEdjsksh— alisonbecker (@thealisonbecker) June 29, 2019
Such has been her popularity that she even received a Liverpool goalkeeper jersey signed by the No. 1 himself last summer. The prized possession now takes pride of place up on a wall at her Californian home. Despite playing football as a child, her move to put the goalkeeper's jersey on the wall continues to confuse the visitors at her residence.
"Some people who come into my home and are familiar with the sport are like, 'Oh my God, where did you get that?' Other people are just like, 'Why is your name on that jersey?'. I haven't played soccer since I was probably 12 or 13, so it's been quite some time. And I never played goalkeeper. So watching his skill is just so far outside what I could do. But then again, I don't know how he would do in an audition in Hollywood!," she concluded.