At the elite level of football, at the very top of the game, having an ultra-reliable goalkeeper can be the difference between being winners and runners up. For years Liverpool toiled with a string of hapless keepers often letting the side down at crucial times – who will ever forget the final in Kiev? Now the Reds have Alisson, the best goalkeeper in the world – his credentials were reaffirmed last night as Ederson let in three sloppy goals.
No better than Alisson Becker
In his first season at Anfield, Alisson Becker showed just why the Reds forked out £66.9m for him.
The Brazilian immediately transformed a solid defence into an impassable one. In previous years we had seen all the good work done by brave defenders undone by errors from Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet, these were now nightmares of the past.
In 2019 he collected an embarrassment of awards, lifting the inaugural Yashin Trophy as well as being named FIFA’s Best Goalkeeper. He was thoroughly and deservedly pronounced as the best goalkeeper in the world.
Despite the numerous medals around Ali’s neck there are still some on the blue and deluded side of Manchester who have contested that Ederson is a better goalkeeper.
The Brazilian number two has impressed with his incisive distribution but has consistently shown that he is nowhere near as consistent as Alisson.
In the Premier League last season Becker made just one error leading to a goal whilst Ederson made three.
Last night against Lyon we saw the City goalkeeper beaten three times, on each occasion he should have done much better. The first goal is perhaps the most forgivable but he was beaten by a poor shot for the second and fumbled the ball into Dembele’s path for the third.
Last night we saw what the difference is between Alisson and Ederson: a refusal to be beaten in big games.
Last season in the dying moments of a crucial group stage tie against Napoli we saw Ali pull off an improbable save from close range, keeping the Reds in the competition they would eventually go on to win with the Brazilian pulling off more incredible saves throughout, including key stops in the final.
Contrasting Becker’s form in the Champions League with his national side deputy we see that there really is a gulf in class between the two. Alisson Becker is the best goalkeeper in the world and Ederson just isn’t even close.