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The best goalkeepers in Premier League history

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January 30th, 2020

When it comes to the English Premier League, most remember the legendary goal scorers. However, there have been just as many incredible goalkeepers in the league’s history. Some of the best keepers the world has ever seen have called the Premier League home.

While Alisson has played tremendously for Liverpool this season, with nine clean sheets for the unbeaten Reds, he is going to have to do a lot more to go down as one of the greatest the EPL has ever seen.

Here is a list of the top five goalkeepers in the history of the Premier League.

5. Pepe Reina (Liverpool, Aston Villa)

Pepe Reina was a monster for Liverpool. In 287 appearances he had 134 clean sheets. His 47.02% clean-sheet average is the highest of any EPL goalkeeper with more than 100 shutouts. He lifted four trophies for Liverpool, he was the gold standard of goalkeepers in the league for nine years, and he’s still plying his trade to this day. 

4. Brad Friedel (Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa, Tottenham) 

Of the Americans who called the Premier League home, Brad Friedel was the best. He made 450 appearances, with 132 clean sheets, and his power was in his consistency. He showed up every week and gave a great effort to keep his net clean. He even scored a goal when he played for Blackburn Rovers, one of the few goalkeepers in EPL history to do that.

3. David Seaman (Arsenal, Manchester City)

David Seaman had 344 league appearances and ended his EPL career with 140 clean sheets. He also was a part of two EPL titles with Arsenal. He was one of the greatest shot stoppers, and he did it with such a calm, gentlemanly style. He hoisted 10 trophies during his career.

2. Petr Čech (Chelsea, Arsenal)

Petr Čech is one of the best goalkeepers in European history. He had 443 league appearances and 202 clean sheets, the most in Premier League history. He won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, four Community Shields, a Champions League title, a Europa League championship, and a Club World Cup.

1.  Peter Schmeichel (Manchester United, Aston Villa, Manchester City)

Peter Schmeichel is the greatest goalkeeper in Premier League history. His trademark starfish save and his incorporation of the back-pass rule revolutionized the game. In 310 league appearances, he had 128 clean sheets. He was a part of five Premier League titles, three FA Cups, a League Cup, four Community Shields, a UEFA Intertoto Cup, a Champions League title, and a European Super Cup. He helped Manchester United to the famous treble in 1999, and he changed the game for so many goalkeepers that followed.


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