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Man City’s Ederson backs Alisson Becker for FIFA Best award

Alisson Becker, The Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper award, Liverpool, Brazil
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Manchester City star Ederson reckons his Liverpool counterpart Alisson Becker deserves the nod for The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper prize.

Alisson enjoyed a stunning campaign last season, which saw him help Liverpool win the Champions League following his €62.50m move from AS Roma in July 2018.

The 26-year-old also beat Ederson to the Premier League Golden Glove award on 21 clean sheets in 38 appearances. It played a big part in Liverpool’s run to a club-record of 97 points, with champions City finishing just a point above.

Alisson later followed this up by helping Brazil win the Copa America on home soil this summer. He, in fact, only conceded one goal throughout the entire tournament as Tite’s men ended a 12-year wait for silverware.

Therefore, the Liverpool shot-stopper’s exploits won him the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Season award by a landslide.

Next up is FIFA’s The Best accolade, with Alisson making the three-man shortlist for this year’s goalkeeper edition. Joining him are Brazil team-mate Ederson and Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona.

“I think the three of us were the best, but I see Alisson one step ahead,” Ederson told reporters in a press conference.

“He was great in the Premier League, won the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and had a great Copa America as well.

“So I think whoever wins will be deserving and I’m happy for two Brazilian goalkeepers to reach this level.”

Former players, coaches and pundits have all tipped Alisson to even win the Ballon d’Or this year. The last goalkeeper to win the award was Dynamo Moscow legend Lev Yashin in 1963.

However, Alisson is still recovering from the calf injury he sustained in Liverpool’s Premier League opener last month. It’s caused him to miss the Reds’ last four games, with Adrian filling in for him in goal.

The ex-Roma man will also sit out of Brazil’s friendlies against Colombia and Peru during the international break.

Replacing Alisson in the Brazil goal will be Ederson, who has only made five appearances for the Selecao.

Ederson, Manchester City, Brazil
LYON, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 27: Ederson of Manchester City celebrates after the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Olympique Lyonnais and Manchester City at Groupama Stadium on November 27, 2018 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)