There is very little between Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson and Liverpool stopper Alisson, giving Brazil coach Tite a dilemma when he selects his teams.
Alisson is currently the preferred number one for Brazil, but former Manchester City ‘keeper Shay Given prefers Ederson than his impressive Liverpool counterpart.
Given, who played for City from 2009 until 2011, told talkSPORT of his preference for Ederson, City’s fearless ball-playing goalkeeper.
“They’re both Brazilian and they’re challenging for the number one shirt in Brazil and Alisson has that at the minute,” said Given.
“But I’ve been doing some TV games for Man City and I just love watching Ederson play, I really do.
“He’s so composed when he has the ball and he plays exactly how Pep Guardiola wants to play, he wants to attract opposition players out of position.
“There could be two or three players closing Ederson down and you’re thinking ‘right, this could be panic stations now’, but he’s the calmest man in the stadium.
“He was in a central midfielder’s position [against Wolves] and played a one-two with Fernandinho and everyone was like ‘get back in your goal!’ He just jogged back, if that was me, I’d be sprinting back to get into my box.
“I think I did one or two Cruyff turns in my career. But he does stepovers and rollovers, I’ve not seen a nutmeg yet but I think it’s probably around the corner – he’s that cool on the ball.”
Alisson is currently ahead of Ederson in the race for the Premier League Golden Gloves, having kept 13 clean sheets for Liverpool compared to Ederson’s 10 for title rivals City.
Even so, Given is a huge fan of the 24-year-old, who has been a big hit since his £35 million move from Benfica, winning the Premier League title in his first season at the Etihad.
Given said: “Taking away the stuff with his feet, Ederson’s improved so much with his hands and makes big saves in big moments in games.
“He makes it look easy, that’s a skill in itself, you can dive and roll around seven times and make it look better than it was, but Ederson’s got that calmness and does what needs to be done.
“He doesn’t shout and rave at people, he’s a calming influence at the back.”