Liverpool stopper Alisson is in a rich vein of form right now.
The £66 million summer signing from AS Roma has wowed fans with a string of confident performance between the sticks at Anfield so far.
He has improved the side dramatically at the back, proving extremely hard to beat when the backline is breached.
He recently set a new record for having gone his first 16 matches unbeaten, overtaking former Red Javier Mascherano after Liverpool beat Bournemouth 4-0.
Statistically, he’s been the Premier League’s best goalkeeper so far, with The Sun reporting his save ratio as 85.7, way ahead of second-placed Hugo Lloris on 78.9.
He’s managed to keep an impressive 10 clean sheets so far, and has been beaten just six times.
He’s been a colossal signing, but is that because he’s being pushed by an old rival?
Alisson is being pushed by Ederson
Perhaps part of the reason why Alisson has been so good is down to the idea that he has Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson breathing down his neck.
Ederson is currently behind Alisson for the Brazil national team, but appears to be very close to his international teammate in terms of ability.
With the scoreline at 1-0, Alisson produced a huge save against Napoli at the death on Tuesday that basically ensured Liverpool’s qualification into the last 16 of the Champions League.
24 hours later, Ederson pulled off an absolutely stunning fingertip save from 1899 Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric, leading to instant comparisons between the pair again.
It’s as though they are in constant competition with one another.
Both are playing for a top team and both represent the same country.
With Ederson pushing him constantly, Alisson has no choice but to bring his A-game every single match. Perhaps it’s part of the reason why he’s been so good. That along with his natural quality, of course.