David De Gea was heavily criticised for his poor performance against Everton after playing a big part in both Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dominic Calvert Lewin's goals in the 3-3 draw. Despite this, De Gea has not had a poor season, but it has resulted in question marks over the Spanish keeper’s place in the team in the aftermath, which is far from the first time this has happened.
But ultimately, with goalkeepers, scrutiny is always amplified by any mistake, unlike any other position and proven no more by Allison Becker's performance in Liverpool's pivotal game with Manchester City a day later. In a nutshell, keepers must be faultless, because a striker can make 10 errors in a game, but convert one chance and his job is done, if they keep a clean sheet. However, if a keeper makes 10 errors, it’s 10-0 - hardly fair, but justifiable in its own right.
Like De Gea, Alisson has been one of the best performing goalkeepers in the country over recent seasons but put in a well-under par performance on Sunday, playing a massive role in both Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling's goals in particular. Not only does this highlight that any goalkeeper can fall victim to an off day, but it also supports the notion that a goalkeeper should be backed through rough patches of form, especially when they’ve had the unrivalled impact that De Gea has had at United in the past decade.