Manchester City and Liverpool goalkeepers, Ederson and Alisson are some of the best footballers in the world, and David James admits it is a challenge to pick a favorite.
Brazilian Ederson and Alisson will meet on Sunday as Manchester City host Liverpool in a crucial Premier League title match.
The goalkeepers were the top scorers in the Premier League last season. While Ederson has three league titles to his name, Alisson has helped Liverpool win the top flight and win the Champions League.
This season both goalkeepers have performed at the same level. Alisson made 60 saves in the league from 78 target shots, leaving him with 76.9 percent, while Ederson made 50 stops, registering 72.3 percent.
Based on Opta’s targets in the approved target model (xGOT), Alisson did a little better when it came to the number of goals he blocked with the quality of his shot.
Alisson blocked 2.9 goals in the top flight, while Ederson blocked 1.7.
With the lines between the two strong, James who was the first player in England says it is difficult to choose the goalkeeper he likes.
“My two favorite goalkeepers in the Premier League, of course,” the former City and Liverpool goalkeeper told Stats Perform.
“Even off the field, these two guys are very good people. I like them in the goalkeeping field, but once you have good people doing it, it just adds another episode to it.
“They are very good friends and, which makes it even more interesting, the teammates of the international games, their teammates off the field, and then compete in all competitions.”
However, James believes that Alisson, due to Liverpool’s open style of play, is constantly being tested.
“If I have a loved one it is very difficult because their characteristics are not the same,” he continues.
“If you look at Ederson, the guy who can kick the ball 90 yards, he never kicked the 40 yards, and everything is played on his part now.
“It is a sign of the City’s dominance and because of this rule he is not really called much.
“Even if you look at Allison, who has the freedom to get help if she wants to, but she has been called many times, this goes to the game over the weekend, she watches and thinks positively. history would argue that Allison did more saving in the last two months, probably in one game than Ederson should have done ‘.
“So Allison’s kind of win right now because you do a lot but I don’t want to choose one as my last favorite.