Opinion: David de Gea has proved that he is the best goalkeeper in England

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: David De Gea of Manchester United celebrates victory following the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Manchester United host their biggest rivals – Liverpool on Sunday and it is the time to talk about the goalkeepers of both clubs, David de Gea and Alisson Becker.

David de Gea has been by far the best goalkeeper in the Premier League over the past few years.

He has won the competition once and has been Manchester United’s player of the year four times: in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

The Spaniard noted 18 clean sheets during the last season and won the Premier League Golden Glove award, becoming the first United goalkeeper to claim it since Edwin van der Sar in 2009.

However, De Gea’s form dropped during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as the Spanish team faced an early exit from the competition in the round of 16.

During the last summer, Liverpool signed the Brazilian international – Alisson Backer in a £67m deal from Serie A side, AS Roma.

Alisson didn’t have any problems adjusting himself to the English football and his winning mentality has been pivotal in taking The Reds to the top of the table this season.

He has noted 14 clean sheets at this point of the campaign, more than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League.

De Gea, on the other side, started the season with his poor form from the World Cup. He managed to keep only two clean sheets in the first 17 games, under Jose Mourinho.

Of course, it wasn’t his fault only, as Manchester United’s defense was simply at the lowest possible level. But with the change of the manager and with the revival of Red Devil’s team spirit, De Gea got back in business.

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The Spaniard started to produce again, making saves that other goalkeepers can’t. His most notable performance, was the man-of-the-match display against Tottenham at Wembley last month.

De Gea made 11 saves during the second half of United’s 1-0 victory – a series of improbable stops with his feet to deny Tottenham, providing a reminder of his top class shot-stopping ability.

He has kept four clean sheets in nine Premier League games since Solskjaer’s appointment but has made some crucial saves which won points for Manchester United.

Alisson is still the best goalkeeper in England on a statistical level, but it is fair to say that he operates behind the best back four in the league.

De Gea’s style is unique and attractive, while his positioning is arguably the best we’ve ever seen.

Of course, the World Cup winner – Hugo Lloris and Ederson from Manchester City are among the biggest goalkeeping names in the Premier League, but David is just on another level.

The Spaniard is the best shot-stopper in the Wolrd, and if he stays in Manchester United until the end of his career, De Gea may emulate Peter Schmeichel as the best goalie in the history of the Premier League.

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