Premier League’s best goalkeepers – ranked

They say you have to be mad to be a goalkeeper – and ‘they’ are right.

You get to use your hands, you elect yourself into a union that isn’t even officially a union, you have to stand around and keep yourself locked in for most of a game.

But they’re still crucial to the game. They’re the ones who do the real dirty work for their sides, after all.

10. Nick Pope (New Entry)

Nick Pope - Soccer Player
Nick Pope has impressed recently / Visionhaus/GettyImages

A late season ‘new entry’ in the rankings – and a deserved one at that.

Despite Burnley being rather terrible all season, Nick Pope has actually been quite good, and he’s finally getting his just rewards for this in recent weeks – keeping two clean sheets and seeing his side finally start to show some signs of life in the relegation battle.

9. Emiliano Martinez (Down 1)

Emiliano Martinez
Martinez has announced himself on the global stage / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Who would have thought the biggest ‘Sliding Doors’ moment in the career of Emiliano Martinez would have been Neal Maupay barging into Bernd Leno on a humid June afternoon?

Now a full Argentina international and one of the world’s top stoppers, Martinez recently signed a new long-term contract at Aston Villa.

8. Fraser Forster (Up 1)

Watch the save above, and then say ‘oh yeah, Forster deserves to be on this list’.

The man has been a human highlight reel in recent weeks.

7. David Raya (-)

David Raya
Raya is quality / Matthew Lewis/GettyImages

It’s no surprise that David Raya’s return from injury correlated with Brentford’s upturn in form.

The Spanish international is a genuinely brilliant goalkeeper, and is crucial to the way the Bees play.

6. Hugo Lloris (Down 1)

Hugo Lloris
Lloris has signed a new two-year deal at Spurs / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

Hugo Lloris had put his error-strewn recent past behind him to peak again at the top level.

Sure he’s had a few ropey games this season, but he’s generally been back to his best.

5. Aaron Ramsdale (Up 1)

Aaron Ramsdale
Ramsdale has impressed recently / Malcolm Couzens/GettyImages

Who thought Aaron Ramsdale would be this good at Arsenal?

The goalkeeper has arguably been the club’s most consistent performer this season and is now being touted as England’s new number one.

4. David de Gea (-)

David De Gea
De Gea has been one of Man Utd’s best players for a decade / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

David de Gea couldn’t have been optimistic about his Man Utd prospects at the end of the 2020/21 season – backup keeper Dean Henderson was getting plenty of first team opportunities, and when brought back in for the Europa League final, missed the decisive spot kick after conceding 11 straight Villarreal penalties.

But true to form, De Gea has largely been United’s best player this term, saving them from disaster time and time again.

3. Ederson (-)

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Ederson has better distribution than a lot of outfielders / Visionhaus/GettyImages

One can only imagine the euphoria Pep Guardiola must have felt when he watched Ederson for the first time in his life, knowing that this was the goalkeeper he’s spent his whole career searching for.

The Brazilian may not be the greatest shot stopper but that’s not as important for a club like Man City, with Ederson effectively acting as an 11th outfielder most of the time.

2. Edouard Mendy (-)

Edouard Mendy
Mendy has been imperious for Chelsea / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

You’d expect the great Petr Cech to have a good eye for a goalkeeper, and boy did he find Chelsea a gem in Edouard Mendy.

Recently the recipient of The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award for 2021, Mendy has quickly established himself as one of the world’s best players in any position, let alone his own.

After a shaky period, Mendy has looked back to his very best in recent weeks.

1. Alisson (-)

Alisson Becker
Alisson remains the top dog / Marco Canoniero/GettyImages

The best goalkeeper in the world? Yeah, we’d say he is.

There’s no doubting just how good Alisson is. He has the perfect mix of positioning, leadership, distribution and experience needed to be a world class stopper and he’s showing no sign of slowing down.

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