Danny Mills has insisted Alisson is a superior goalkeeper to Ederson even though he has “never seen anything like” the Manchester City man’s ability with the ball at his feet.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England defender claimed the Liverpool number one has the edge because of his shot-stopping and command of his box.
Alisson is the established number one for Brazil ahead of countryman Ederson and was between the sticks for the country at last summer’s World Cup.
Mills explained why there is little to separate two keepers he rates as among the best in the world.
“They’re slightly different, Ederson with his feet is exceptional,” Mills said. “His ability to play passes, we’ve never seen anything like it, certainly not in the Premier League.
“He’s a good goalkeeper but I think with his feet makes him exceptional. The way that City play, he is integral to that. There’s only sort of certain clubs that he could go to if he were to move because of the way you want to play.
“Alisson I think, is he a slightly better goalkeeper – slightly better shot stopper, possibly. Again, not quite as good with his feet, takes one or two more risks, gets caught out once or twice, so it’s swings and roundabouts, six to one, half dozen to the other.
“They are two exceptional goalkeepers, slightly different. I think it just depends on how you want to play, how your team plays and how they fit into that system.”
Alisson, 26, joined Liverpool for £67million, a world record fee for a keeper, when he signed from Roma last summer.
Ederson, 25, signed for City a year earlier from Benfica for £35million.
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