Jordan Pickford is certainly not short on self-confidence and that much was evident in the summer when he backed himself not to make a mistake like Liverpool’s Alisson did when he was robbed in the process of making a Cruyff turn against Leicester early on in the season.
Since then, Pickford has given the ball away to allow West Ham to go 2-0 up at Goodison Park and was hugely fortunate not to cost England a goal in their 3-2 win over Spain, as his own turn put his side in major danger.
But the mistake in yesterday’s Merseyside derby tops the lot; he was trying to ensure the ball went over the bar from Virgil van Dijk’s spinning volley but only contrived to pat the ball into the path of Divock Origi to tap home.
Making that kind of error in such a high-profile game underlines the folly of commenting on the errors of others; especially when the comparison that can be made is so stark.
Pickford may well come to learn that, but the fact he is such a confident personality will stand him in good stead when it comes to getting over what is surely the worst mistake of his career so far.