Liverpool and Manchester United have been dominant forces in British football for decades, and their rivalry has become one of the fiercest in world football. During the 1990s and 2000s north west superiority had been in the hands of United, but Liverpool has gained a significant resurgence over the last ten to 15 years and the Merseysiders are now eclipsing their Manchester adversaries on the pitch.
However, one notable debate that can be had is which team have the better goalkeeper. Alisson Becker has been a revelation in his first season for Liverpool, while David De Gea has been United's most consistent performer for years now, so the battle between the keepers is a spectacular one.
There's no doubting Alisson has the more solid defensive line in front of him, but De Gea's busyness between the sticks this season has seen him cement his place as one of the greats in world goalkeeping.
However, we can now assess the statistics for the 2018/19 Premier League campaign and finally decide who is the better goalkeeper.
With Liverpool challenging for Premier League glory then it's no surprise to see Alisson possessing the most clean sheets as the Brazilian has had 17 clean sheets in the league this season, while De Gea has only managed seven shutouts. De Gea has also conceded over twice as many goals with 40 hitting the back of his net this season, with Alisson only letting in 18 goals.
But, beyond the bare facts there are some more damning statistics to argue the fact Alisson has been far superior this season.
De Gea may have made more saves (97 to Alisson's 63), but the Liverpool stopper has a far higher percentage of save success as Alisson has a save success rate of 77.78%, while the Spanish international De Gea has just over a 70% success rate.
Alisson's ability with high balls is significantly higher than that of De Gea as Alisson has made 14 high claims to De Gea's nine, while the South American star has also amassed more punches this season (14 to eight).
Rapid off his line, Alisson's ability to play as a sweeper keeper is shown with his significantly higher number of sweeper clearances, as the Liverpool man has made 16 clearances, while De Gea has only amassed one sweeper clearance all season.
From an attacking sense, if that can be argued when discussing goalkeepers, Alisson has a superb pass completion rate of over 79%, while De Gea's stats in the same field are far inferior with the Spaniard just topping 58% with his pass completion rate.
While both can certainly be regarded as world class goalkeepers, it's Alisson that has now become the number one goalkeeper of the pair, and while De Gea has single-handedly kept United in the game at times, his performances have slackened a little during United's recent slump, so he will be eager to get back on top form as the Red Devils look to gain a resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.