Ray Parlour believes Liverpool would win the Premier League if they had David de Gea

by Leo Nieboer

Former Arsenal midfielder believes that Liverpool would win the Premier League with David de Gea between the sticks.

The Spaniard has further strengthened his case for being the best keeper in the world this season by leading the table for clean sheets (15) in the Premier League.

Only Barcelona, yet to lose in La Liga, have more clean sheets than Man United this season, while Liverpool continue to fluctuate between the mediocre pair of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.

And Parlour, speaking earlier this week, opined that Liverpool would be a genuine title contender with De Gea as their keeper.

“If Liverpool can find a target like David de Gea they have every chance of winning the league,” he said.

“You always have to have a good goalkeeper, at times they keep you in games, when I was at Arsenal, Seaman and Lehmann kept us in games, they didn’t make mistakes at the wrong time.

“Liverpool goalkeepers have made big mistakes at the wrong time and that’s cost them.”

De Gea has conceded a total of 19 goals this season, but based on xG data for the shots he has faced, the average keeper would have conceded 33 times. And this, somewhat unsurprisingly, is the biggest differential for any keeper in the Premier League.

A pretty good stat, and also the key to understanding why United, despite not knowing their best team and often attacking without a clear idea, remain second and ahead of the rapturous Liverpool in the table after 28 rounds of games.

The sheer presence of the Spaniard between the sticks – his capacity, as seen against Sevilla, to actively diminish the confidence of attackers – contrasts markedly with two keepers at Anfield, neither of which will never manage to engender the same sense of assurance and control to help their defence.

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