City and Liverpool are fierce rivals for the Premier League title race. Won’t it be rather strange for a player from one team saying in public that a player from his rival side is ahead of him?
Well not so strange perhaps.
We don’t see this every day but Ederson has backed Liverpool rival Alisson to win the FIFA best goalkeeper award.
On closer look, it’s not so strange cause they are both compatriots of the same nationality in Brazil.
Both keepers have been shortlisted for the award along with Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but Ederson believes his compatriot deserves to pick up the honour.
Allison won the UEFA equivalent this month after winning the Champions League and although he missed out on the Premier League title to the City star, he did keep one more than Ederson’s 20 clean sheets.
The Manchester City star has a chance to stake a claim for his place in the Selecao after starting in goal for in Brazil’s 2-2 draw against Colombia on Friday. He is also expected to lead the line when Brazil face Peru next Tuesday.
Alisson is out of the squad after being injured whilst playing for Liverpool, giving Ederson a rare opportunity to add to his five caps.
Ederson joked that he would like to vote for himself, but then said:
“I think these three were the best, but I see Alisson one step ahead – he made a great league season, won the Champions League and had a great Copa America too. Whoever wins will deserve it, and I’m glad that two Brazilian goalkeepers are competing for this award.”
Ederson has been a fantastic signing for City, showing freakish levels of confidence with the ball at his feet, but Alisson remains the superior all-round goalkeeper.
His positional sense, shot-stopping ability and aura all make him a formidable player and the best in the world in his position currently.
Alisson’s current absence through injury is a major concern for Liverpool, and even though results have been “perfect” without him, Jurgen Klopp needs his presence back between the sticks as soon as possible.
You’ll have to go some 50 years back to find a time when The Reds as influential a figure in goal in the name of Ray Clemence who went on to have more than 1000 career appearances as a goalkeeper.
Both shot-stoppers are almost “irreplaceable” for their clubs and this is what makes them stand out brightly amongst others.
But in this regard, Alisson is the winner.
Ederson won an unprecedented domestic treble with City while Alisson went on to win the Champions League and the Copa America.
With or without Ederson, City have dominated England with almost any keeper they’ve had in goal. So for Ederson to lead them to yet another EPL title is great but isn’t exactly a standout achievement.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have been in dire need for European glory since 2005 and have also not won the Premier League in ages.
When the Reds did get to the final of the Champions League last season, it was a horror show from then goalkeeper Loris Karius that gifted Real Madrid an easy win and who knows what the story might have been with Alisson in goal?
Since Alisson last conceded a goal for club or country, he has picked up the Premier League Golden Glove, won the Champions League, changed his Liverpool squad number and reached the final of the #CopaAmérica
It’s like he’s already on the beach. 🏖 pic.twitter.com/6V19kAUFDY
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 3, 2019
Back to back Champions League trophies maybe?
In a nutshell, both keepers are in the form of their lives but Ederson is right – Alisson is just a step ahead as it stands.