The best goalkeeper on Merseyside is undoubtedly an Everton player.
While Loris Karius ended the season with that infamous double-clanger in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, Jordan Pickford has emerged as one of the top young ‘keepers in world football over in Russia.
Everton’s number one is England’s number one too and, on this evidence, he will remain between the sticks for club and country for a long time to come.
Pickford was a revelation as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in 28 years, pulling off remarkable stops against Sweden and Croatia while making history in the penalty shootout victory over Colombia in the round of 16.
And after England’s dream died thanks to Mario Mandzukic’s extra time winner on Wednesday, even the most ardent Liverpool supporter has to admit that Pickford is a national hero right now.
In the eyes of some Anfield regulars, Liverpool could only dream of boasting a goalkeeper of Pickford’s quality, particularly with Karius set to remain as Jurgen Klopp’s first choice next season now potential deals for the likes of Alisson and Jan Oblak have come to nothing.
They say football brings people together. And Liverpool fans lauding an Everton hero is perhaps the prime example of the sport’s better side.
Id rather give Everton £60m for Pickford than opt for Alisson.. It'll never happen though sadly— Sam Everett (@SamEverett_LFC) July 12, 2018
I am a @LFC Fan but Honestly Pickford is way much superior.— Bixon Tamrakar (@bull_bixon) July 12, 2018
Pickford would be perfect for Liverpool.— Kevin Lynch (@Kev_Lynch) July 12, 2018
Actually love Pickford, would take him at LFC— James (@PrimeFirmino) July 12, 2018
Anyone see Pickford's save to deny Mandzukic from 5 yards out in extra time? I've not seen that since Dudek in 2005. What a brave bit of goalkeeping. Everton have got one hell of a goalkeeper on their hands. Wish I could say the same for Liverpool. #LFC #ENG #WorldCup— TD (@DyerThomas) July 11, 2018
Yes, Southgate— Andy Rannard (@AndyRannard) July 11, 2018
Yes, Stones, Maguire, Trippier
But, Jordan Pickford. Jordan f’ing Pickford!! What a hero, didn’t deserve to be on losing side. #ENG player of tournament and best GK at #WorldCup
(and all this from a LFC fan). pic.twitter.com/N1eIvLMFFG
I pray @LFC pick up pickford. Had my eyes set on oblak and would love either, but how good pickford has been this #WorldCup and the maturity shown for his age edges it for me. Absolutely ridiculous #LFC #GetHisSignature #CROvENG— D H (@DH_Ghosty) July 11, 2018
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