Ederson Talks Up Alisson

Man City goalkeeper Ederson has recently been talking up Liverpool’s new signing Alisson, here’s The Anfield Talk’s Sam (@sammillnelfc) discussing what he had to say…

There was a section of Liverpool’s fan base which was sceptical about the world record signing of Alisson Becker from Roma. Having seen him concede five goals in front of The Kop just weeks earlier, he still had questions to answer if he was to gain the trust of Liverpool fans, who have been continually let down over recent years by their goalkeepers.

Despite losing the ball just outside his box leading directly to a Leicester goal, he has impressed most supporters. His mistake, which didn’t cost us points, may have been a blessing in disguise, as since he hasn’t messed around with the ball and made any mistakes with the ball at his feet. He doesn’t need to be dribbling past opponents, especially when his passing is so good. It also eradicates the potential nerves in the crowd and the team, meaning that the calmness displayed by centre-backs, Van Dijk and Gomez, is maintained.

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Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson, has recently praised his direct rival for a place in the Brazilian national team, admitting to Globo Esporto that Alisson ‘is one step ahead of’ him. This is high praise indeed, coming from a man who has established himself as one of the league’s best since joining Manchester City from Benfica in the summer of 2017.

At the moment, Brazil has both Ederson and Alisson who are world class goalkeepers, not only at stopping the ball going in the net but also with starting attacks. Their long range passing is fantastic. So far this season, both keepers have averaged above 80% passing accuracy, which is very impressive for a goalkeeper, due to them often having to play long balls up to forwards. Whilst Alisson leads the way in terms of passing accuracy, they share the same amount of league clean sheets this season (five each).

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In terms of their national side, Alisson is the no.1. In Russia, he played every World Cup match, however, Ederson’s exclusion from the side hasn’t caused a breakdown in their relationship. In the same interview with Mundo Esporto, Ederson stated ‘I’ve had lunch with Alisson when he arrived at Liverpool. We have a very good relationship. He’s a friend.’

When they take to the pitch in crunch matches between Liverpool and Manchester City, their relationship obviously changes, but off the pitch, it will be interesting to see how it develops. The duel to start for their country, won’t go away, even if Liverpool’s 26-year-old is currently in the driving seat.

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