‘Insane’ Liverpool No.1 and ‘crazy’ Manchester City shot-stopper ranked among top 10 goalkeepers

Manchester City and Liverpool will share custody of the Golden Glove for a season, but neither Ederson nor Alisson were the best goalkeepers.

10) David de Gea
It is from one of the few strong positions at Manchester United that David de Gea can tell “the people who don’t want to stay” to “just go”. Cristiano Ronaldo is the only real competition for the goalkeeper for the club’s Player of the Year award this season, although if the Spaniard claims his fifth such crown it will not be in typical circumstances

This was supposed to be the campaign that heralded De Gea’s protracted fall from a nearly decade of grace between the sticks. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had made a decision for him due to Dean Henderson’s pre-season COVID setback and Manchester United’s precarious Champions League status and early domestic cup exits that limited his options to raise another matter. De Gea took advantage of that delay, not missing a single Premier League minute and preventing the club from diving even deeper.

9) Nick Pope
Nick Pope, once described as ‘the most naturally talented player to progress through the ranks of the West Suffolk Sports Academy and Bury Town’, complete with a hyphen the Burnley goalkeeper could not save himself, has long had a potentially devastating burden with behave. Kevin Horlock’s daughter’s partner almost ambiguously maintained the Clarets’ top status, but was ultimately unable to fight the permanent tide alone.

Burnley may not return to the Premier League anytime soon but the Pope’s absence may be fleeting. While a reported valuation of £40million seems high, interest in the true elite sweeper owner is unlikely to be limited to Fulham and West Ham. The Clarets play in a way that provides any talented shot stopper with a platform to perform consistently and strikingly; the England international has used it to suggest he deserves much better.

8) Aaron Ramsdale
After a mediocre start came the slight relapse. Aaron Ramsdale waited patiently for his chance, made to stew on the bench as critics scoffed at Arsenal’s £24million spending on a backup goalkeeper. He made up for lost time with some phenomenal performances and even better levels of sh*thousery to quickly justify his purchase.

Things slowed down a bit for Ramsdale after those first few months in the starting lineup. Bernd Leno has kept a clean sheet in the Premier League lately and no goalkeeper has conceded so many goals to Crystal Palace. But given the setback that greeted his signing and the challenge he faced as he came from successive relegations to challenge an established first-choice, he exceeded expectations more emphatically than any other player.

7) Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford, a Ramsdale multiverse, is an expensive English goalkeeper with a history of top fighting, a fellow student of the Joe Hart School of Properly Psyching Oneself Up. Perhaps the only time he didn’t admonish his defense for forcing him to save was after hijacking Cesar Azpilicueta’s follow-up attempt at Goodison Park earlier this month. The 28-year-old bustled himself out of the net and then pealed around his penalty area in a formidable spectacle that captured him at his unstoppable best.

the problems with Everton run deep, but time has passed since Pickford could last be counted among them. While he doesn’t exude the same composure as some of his peers, few seem to be under more pressure and the Toffees could have been doomed long ago without his intervention. No wonder Frank Lampard is excited by the idea of ​​working with “one of the best goalkeepers in the world” for another season. Pickford has the longest average length of passes (53 yards), after all, not counting goal kicks.

6) David Raya
The Premier League was the inevitable destination for David Raya; the only variable was which club he would play for. Brentford’s win over Swansea in the Championship play-off final ensured it would be them, but Arsenal planned to make use of the £10million release clause that would have come into effect had Thomas Frank’s side not been promoted.

It has not been a missed opportunity. Raya kept two clean sheets in the first two weeks and added another before being sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury. His absence coincided with a loss of form for Brentford, while his return helped improve. Their record with him this season is at P24 W10 D5 L9 F33 A27, with eight clean sheets. The combined efforts of Alvaro Fernandez and Jonas Lossl finished in P14 W3 D2 L9 F15 A29, with one nil. The difference is huge.

5) Hugo Lloris
When Hugo Lloris was told in March he was “tired of carrying a team that never wins anything”, the Frenchman gave a diplomatic answer about cultivating a “desire to win”. Citing the impact of Antonio Conte, he discussed, perhaps for the first time but definitely not the last, “the monsters ahead” regarding Liverpool and Manchester City. It was the kind of response you’d expect from a World Cup winner, but that desire for constant improvement is a quality that supports the goalkeeper’s individual play and signals his hunger for the team as captain.

There have been times in the relatively recent past when Lloris has appeared to be past his prime, a symbol of Tottenham’s stagnation. The best modern teams are built specifically around goalkeepers, but the 35-year-old has been in north London long enough to oust Brad Friedel to initially earn the spot. A string of Spurs managers have resisted any temptation to seek an upgrade and Lloris has upped his own game in response. The two-year contract he signed in January was deserved: only Ederson and Alisson, the aforementioned goalkeeper beacons, have kept more Premier League clean sheets this season.

4) Ederson
Pepe Reina and Joe Hart are the only other goalkeepers to have won the Premier League Golden Glove in three consecutive seasons, but some pundits are still unconvinced by Ederson’s credentials. As elite as Pep Guardiola’s defense structures are, they alone cannot be responsible for such consistent brilliance. And stopping shots is far from the only yardstick by which the Brazilian should be judged. He conceded one goal from corners and none from free kicks, comfortably registering the highest accuracy of 40-yard or more goalkeeper passes (59.2%) and completed the most serene of passes under tremendous pressure on his own goal line (one).

“This man is crazy, sometimes I think he doesn’t feel anything or anything!” was Guardiola’s assessment of when Ederson decided to play a game of chicken with Diogo Jota during a crucial Premier League game. between that and destroy themselves against Manchester Unitedthe 28-year-old has had an intense but excellent season.

3) Robert Sanchez
The recent news that Newcastle are looking to build their revolution around Robert Sanchez as their new goalkeeper should come as no surprise. Nor will Brighton’s response of ‘We know you’ve got all the money, so £20m barely hits the sides’. With Leicester also considering pursuing their own interests, Graham Potter has all the cards for a goalkeeper with three years left on his Seagulls contract with a club on an upward trajectory.

Since he ousted Mat Ryan on the Brighton side in December last year, Sanchez has become an essential stitch in this vibrant fabric. The 24-year-old has attempted at least 156 more passes than any other No. 1 – 545 more than De Gea – and stopped the highest number of passes (11.7%). Pickford is the only keeper who creates more chances. Considering he is the youngest regular starter in the position after Ramsdale and Illan Meslier, it’s no wonder state clubs have piqued their interest.

2) Alisson
A real contender for the Liverpool Player of the Year award, if not the entire Premier League. Alisson has been absurdly reliable all season in a position of constant danger, the spectator and walker of the high line who makes it all add up for Jurgen Klopp. His passing is exemplary. His sweeping is exceptional. His technique and record in one-on-one situations possibly the best out there. “He’s the best goalkeeper in the world for me,” his adoring manager said earlier this season. “There are top goalkeepers, but this goalkeeper is insane.”

Scored more Premier League goals last season, mind you. Not good enough. Is Loris Karius busy?

1) Jose Sa
No goalkeeper has made more interceptions (2), successful dribbles (4) or assists (1), and on most positive goalkeeper measurements, Jose Sa is in the top three at worst. But his crowning as the coveted Post-Shot Expected Goals Minus Goals Allowed champion marks him as a ludicrous talent. The Portuguese has in fact saved the equivalent of 9.2 goals that he should normally have conceded, with De Gea (6.7) and Pope (4.4) rounding out a distant podium. He has demonstrably kept Wolves out of the relegation hatch.

With this in his first Premier League season, there may be even more room for improvement. But Bruno Lage can be satisfied that Wolves improved exponentially on their goalkeeping position for about half the price that previous incumbent Rui Patricio sold for. Yes, Sa.

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