Alan Shearer and Jugen Klopp’s judgment of Aaron Ramsdale has proved correct.
Arsenal went into Saturday’s game against Brighton & Hove Albion with confidence, winning the last four in all competitions.
The north London club struggled to break down Graham Potter’s side but looked solid from the back, with the former Sheffield United goalkeeper much of that.
After a difficult start to the season, in which they lost their first three Premier League games, Mikel Arteta decided to drop first-choice keeper Bernd Leno, with Ramsdale replacing the 29-year-old.
The former England Under-21 international has vindicated Arteta’s decision by conceding just once in the four Premier League games in which he played, with the Gunners getting ten points from a maximum of 12.
Newcastle icon Shearer previously praised the Englishman, saying: “He already has a wealth of experience at the highest level. He has the fifth most appearances of an under-23 goalkeeper in Premier League history.
“For me, Ramsdale, he has a lot of potential. He’s strong, he has the agility to stop shots from a distance and he’s fearless and puts his body on the line at close range.”
Liverpool boss Klopp also praised Ramsdale for his performance after the Reds’ game against Sheffield United last season.
“I’m not sure you ever play well enough if you don’t score and you can imagine our situation,” the Liverpool manager said after the game.
“The plan was to keep going, doing the same things again because Sheffield [United] when we played exactly the way we wanted to play, they couldn’t deal with us.
“We arrive almost alone with the keeper, but Ramsdale played an incredible game, few excellent saves. Adrian also with an early one.
“And you know that Sheffield United have lost a lot of games this year, but all by the smallest margin you can get, so it’s clear that these games will remain exciting until the end.”
Despite the raised eyebrows at Ramsdale’s arrival in north London – and the £24 million paid out by Edu – it now looks like it could well be a smart venture in the long run.