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Alisson, De Gea, Leno: Ranking 2021/22 Premier League goalkeepers from best to worst

Some of the top goalkeepers in the world play in the Premier League


While players like Jan Oblak, Manuel Neuer, and Thibaut Courtois may choose to play elsewhere, England's top division continues to draw many of the game's best goalkeepers. 


As a result, assessing and comparing the current crop of Premier League goalkeepers can be a daunting chore, but one that we at GIVEMESPORT are not afraid to take on.

Shot-stoppers in the Premier League in 2022/23 

And, with the number one goalkeepers for each of the 20 clubs already basically set for the 2021/22 season, we figured now was as good a time as any to examine how they all compare. 



Using Tiermaker, we've ranked the 20 goalkeepers we think are the best in the division right now, as well as some significant back-up alternatives. 


While our choices are ultimately based on your humble writer's judgment, we will use statistics, Premier League pedigree, and simply the eye-test to make our choices below.

Goalkeepers in the Premier League are ranked. 

So, without further ado, here's your complete ranking of the 2021/22 Premier League goalkeepers, divided into tiers ranging from'mistake waiting to happen' to 'world-class.'

Mistake on the verge of occurring 



There's no arguing that Adrian is a capable shot-stopper on his day, but the Spaniard has put in far too many shoddy performances for him to be in any higher rank than this right now. 


We truly want to be proven incorrect, but Adrian doesn't inspire confidence in us, and the fact that Caoimhin Kelleher appears to have leapfrogged him in the pecking order says a lot.

Dean Henderson and Nick Pope are overrated.


Let's be clear: these are two of the best goalkeepers in the world, and being overrated often has nothing to do with the players themselves, but rather with supporters who exaggerate their praise. 


And our picks are based on the notion that many people consider Henderson and Pope to be Manchester United and England's number one goalkeepers, which is a tad generous. 


In my opinion, neither goalkeeper's productivity in 2021, particularly in terms of shot-stopping, has given me cause to believe that they are superior than David de Gea and Jordan Pickford at the moment.

Hugo Lloris, Bernd Leno, David de Gea, Emiliano Martinez, and Edouard Mendy are among the best goalkeepers in the world. 


This amazing quintet would be the finest in the business in practically any division other than the Premier League, and there's not much more to say here than that everyone of them is just brilliant. 


De Gea has quietly halted his post-2018 downturn with some underappreciated consistency, Martinez has blossomed since breaking into the league in 2020, and Mendy has made an immediate impact in his first season at Chelsea. 


While Lloris may not be the world-class, cat-like general of old, many fans have taken his quality for granted because he is still regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the English Premier League.

Leno is likely the player that deserves to be ranked so high, yet much of his hard effort goes undetected, and he arguably has the best reflexes of any goalie in the league.

Kasper Schmeichel, Ederson, and Alisson Becker are all world-class goalkeepers. 


Schmeichel, in my opinion, has always been on the verge of becoming a world-class goalkeeper, and after electrifying performances in the FA Cup final and Euro 2020 semi-finals, he is about to cross that line. 


Then there are the recognizable faces of Brazil's number one and number two, which will certainly surprise no one, but for good reason: both players are incredibly consistent. 


While they may have significantly less to do than their colleagues, there is an art to maintaining your focus while your team is winning, and these two have it down to a science.

Who do you consider to be your number one? 

The world of goalkeeping is a ruthless one, and we'd love to be proven incorrect by the shot-stoppers we've placed in the bottom ranks of our rankings. 


That said, it's crucial to remember that our whole rating is based on Premier League football, and all of these goalkeepers deserve respect for competing at such a high level.

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