You won’t find many willing to put Hugo Lloris in the bracket of the world’s greatest goalkeepers right now.
The Tottenham Hotspur number one has come in for plenty of criticism in the last two years and, quite frankly, rightly so. Mistakes have started to creep into his game at an alarming rate, to the point where it is no longer a shock to see the France captain spill the ball straight at the feet of Neal Maupay or be left red-faced when trying to Cruyff turn his way past a grateful Danny Ings.
But Bayern Munich and Germany legend Manuel Neuer knows more than most about life as an elite shot-stopper and the outcry that follows every mistake, minor or major. He, like Lloris, has had his fair share of detractors during an injury-hit 12 months.
And while he admits that Alisson Becker and Ederson Moraes, talisman-like figures of Liverpool and Manchester City respectively, are the two stand-out goalkeepers in the world right now, Neuer still has plenty of admiration for a ‘keeper his Bayern side put seven goals past a matter of weeks ago.
"There is a new Brazilian trend with Alison Becker in Liverpool and Ederson Moraes in Manchester City being full goalies. They master the modern game and are strong both feet. I like both, they are regular and their mistakes are rare,” Neuer told France Football.
“They are among the best in the world, just like Hugo Lloris, who is more of my generation and has just made a great year with Tottenham in the Champions League by reaching the final.
“We have several points in common as to our respective courses and we are both captain in club and selection. It's someone I really appreciate."
Lloris is expected to be out until 2020 now with a dislocated shoulder and, by the time he returns, Paulo Gazzaniga will be hoping to have been transformed from reliable deputy to new number one.
But at just 32, the former Lyon skipper should not be written off just yet.
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