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STAR TURN: Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker. Pic: PA

STAR TURN: Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker. Pic: PA

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STAR TURN: Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker. Pic: PA

Former Brazil international Dida believes compatriots Ederson and Alisson Becker are at the forefront of modern-day goalkeeping.

The pair have played a key role in the Premier League title race, keeping a combined 31 clean sheets as Manchester City and Liverpool battle it out at the top.

Alisson leads the way with 17, having not conceded a league goal in 388 minutes - 478 if the goalless Champions League draw with Bayern Munich is factored in - and has kept the most clean sheets in Europe's top-five leagues.

But it is what both offer in possession in terms of distributionwhich sets them apart.

"The quality of Brazilian goalkeepers has risen, and these names confirm it," Dida said. The technique of modern goalkeepers includes the ability to play with the feet and a deeper reading of the match.

"Currently there are many high-level goalkeepers, first of all AC Milan's (Italy) goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma."

Dida, who retired in 2015 after twice winning the Champions League with AC Milan and the 2002 World Cup, is to return to the pitch later this month as part of the AC Milan Glorie side who face Liverpool Legends at Anfield.

The game, on March 23, will raise money for the LFC Foundation.


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