The English Premier League is arguably the most competitive in football and has held such a position throughout its existence.

Some of the most legendary players of all time have played in the English top flight and have been key parts of successful teams. However, one position that is not always discussed when considering the all-time greats is the goalkeeper.

There has been an abundance of exceptional shot-stoppers in the league since its 1992 inauguration and the best of the best have recorded stunning feats as well as securing a stunning legacy overall.

Here are some facts about the greatest players to have ever operated between the sticks in the Premier League.

Alisson Becker is the only goalkeeper to have scored a headed goal

Alisson Becker is an active goalkeeper that is without a doubt earned a position amongst the greats with his performances for Liverpool since he joined in 2018. He helped the club to their first title in 30 years in 2019/20 and he could still inspire further glory in the future.

In the betting markets for the 2024/25 season, Liverpool are firmly among the favourites at 15/2 and Alisson will certainly be vital to any potential success. The sports betting guides suggest Manchester City and Arsenal will lead the way ahead of the Reds next season though.

Regardless of whether Alisson writes further history in the remainder of his Premier League career, he will retire as a genuine great and with a rare record that will likely never be matched.

The Brazilian is one of only six goalkeepers to have scored in the competition, however uniquely he is the only man between the sticks to have scored a headed goal.

Ultimately, one of the league’s most prolific shot-stoppers ever also has a classic centre-forward finish on his resume and it would be a surprise if anybody ever matches that feat.

Petr Cech is the all-time clean sheet leader

Petr Cech was a key part of numerous Chelsea teams throughout the 2000s and early 2010s in which they won the league four times.

He was famously part of the strongest Premier League defence ever in 2004/05 when Chelsea conceded just 15 goals across the 38-game season. However, his most impressive feat is that he retired as a comfortable clean-sheet leader in the all-time rankings.

Cech has 202 clean sheets to his name which is a figure that should be matched for many years or maybe decades to come. The closest active Premier League goalkeeper to his record is City’s Ederson Moraes with 112.

David James is the holder of two records

David James was perhaps not quite at the level of Cech and Alisson but he was still a legendary goalkeeper that made a huge mark on the league.

James is the highest-appearance maker of any goalkeeper since the league was established with 572 appearances – just four players have appeared more in regards to any position.

Another impressive record he holds relates to the amount of penalties he saved during his career. With 13 saves from spot-kicks, he is the all-time leader when it comes to succeeding in the most difficult position for a goalkeeper.

Ultimately, the Premier League has always and will continue to boast of world-class talent in goal and through history that has led to many unique feats being secured. The statistics discussed here may even be bettered in future years, but for now, this trio hold the most intriguing records when looking back through more than 30 years of the rebranded English top flight.

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Last Update: July 8, 2024