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The 5 best goalkeepers in Premier League 2021/2022: Alisson or Ederson or Mendy?

Of the 20 goalkeepers in the Premier League, some stand out. Notwithstanding their teams or wealth, these are the Top 5 goalkeepers in the English Premier League for 2021/22

Who is the best goalkeeper of the Premier League?
Who is the best goalkeeper of the Premier League?

The English Premier League is arguably the most competitive in the world. The EPL boasts an aggregate of the best players, best coaches and the best training facilities in the world. The high level of competition and popularity attracts the best players in the world to play in the league. This is no different with goalkeepers also. 

Over the years, the EPL has had some of the best goalkeepers in the world grace its grounds. The likes of Edwin van der Saar, Jens Lehmann, Petr Cech, and Thibaut Courtois made a name for themselves playing in the English Premier League. These days, there is a new crop of goalkeepers that is trying to rewrite history with their performances. Kasper Schmeichel, Bernd Leno, Ilian Meslier, Ederson Moraes, Allison Becker and Eduoard Mendy are some of the standard-bearers currently plying their trade in the English Premier League. 

Determining who is the best goalkeeper is a bit of a tricky situation. The quality of the defensive set-up, the calibre of players in the team, the style of play, the frequency/difficulty of shots etc., are all factors that affect a goalkeeper's performance or records. However, considering all the factors and the sheer ability of the goalkeepers, we will profile the 5 best goalkeepers in the Premier League below:

Ederson Moraes - Manchester City

The Brazilian No 2 has been at the Etihad since the summer of 2017. Ederson Moraes was chosen as the final solution to Pep Guardiola's goalkeeper problem after the Spanish coach rejected Joe Hart in his first season at the club and also believed Claudio Bravo was not of the grade he wanted. The former Benfica shot-stopper quickly cemented his spot in between the sticks with his excellent ability with feet and his long range of passing making him the typical Guardiola sweeper keeper. 

He fulfilled his early promise in Manchester, establishing himself as one of the best ‘keepers in England, winning three Premier League titles, three Carabao Cups, an FA Cup and two Community Shields in the process.

Twenty clean sheets in 2018 saw him named in the PFA Team of the Year, whilst he also saved a penalty in the shootout as City beat Chelsea to lift the Carabao Cup.

Ederson’s fantastic footwork, including the sheer distance of some of his kicks, has generated much admiration at the Etihad Stadium and in May 2018 he broke the Guinness World Record for the longest drop kick, registering 75.35 metres.

Ederson twice won the Golden Glove award for the most Premier League clean sheets in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.

If we talk about trophies and awards won, Ederson could take first place.

However, Ederson has not been fully convincing with the basics of goalkeeping, handling and command. Despite winning the EPL 3 times as the No 1 goalkeeper for Manchester City, Ederson has never truly cemented his spot as the best goalkeeper in the league in any of his title-winning seasons. His shot-stopping abilities can be questioned while his positional sense can also be improved having been cut out sometimes. If he improves on these, he might move up the table.

Kasper Schmeichel - Leicester City

Danish goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel has taken over from the legacy of his father, Peter Schmeichel in the Premier League. 34-year-old Kasper has been with Leicester City since 2011 spending 3 seasons with the Foxes in the Championship before gaining promotion with them in 2014. He played a key role in the surprise EPL triumph of Leicester City in 2016 playing in all 38 league games. 

In 2018 the Dane was nominated, alongside Thibaut Courtois and Hugo Lloris, among the top three shot-stoppers in the world in the FIFA Best award's goalkeeper category.

Throughout his City career, in 2016, 2017 and 2019, Kasper has won the Danish Footballer of the Year award on three occasions, one time less than record holders Brian Laudrup and Christian Eriksen.

A senior figure in the Leicester squad, Schmeichel played every minute of the 2018/19 Premier League season, often stepping up to captain the side in the absence of Wes Morgan, a role he continued to perform with admirable authority during the 2019/20 season.

Schmeichel comes in fourth on this list largely because of his not-so-stellar clean sheets record. Though this can be put down to the defenders put in front of him. Kasper Schmeichel faces more shots and has to make more difficult saves than most other goalkeepers. He would arguably perform better if better defenders were put in front of him as his handling, shot-stopping and commanding skills are top-notch.

Emiliano Martinez - Aston Villa 

Martinez' case is a typical case of not knowing what you have until you lose it. Emiliano Martinez had been 2nd choice goalkeeper at Arsenal for almost 10 years without being given a chance for the No 1 role. On moving to Aston Villa, he excelled and confirmed what everyone thought, that he is an excellent goalkeeper. It is instructive that the man who kept him out of the team at Arsenal, Bernd Leno, is not on this list. 

Martinez' reach, dive, shot-stopping and aerial prowess are as good as they come. The Argentine faced a lot of shots at Aston Villa but he came out with flying colours. During Jack Grealish's injury layoff last season, Martinez stepped up to the plate and became the match-winner for Dean Smith's side. 

His efforts in the Premier League have been duly noticed by Argentina boss, Lionel Scaloni, who has made him the first-choice goalkeeper for Argentina. To prove his mettle, Martinez had an amazing Copa America campaign with many saying only Lionel Messi was more influential in the Abiceleste's victory than Emiliano Martinez. 

Alisson Becker - Liverpool 

Not many goalkeepers are as imposing yet subtle as Alisson Becker is at Liverpool. The Brazilian No 1 signed for the Merseyside club from Roma in the same summer transfer window that Mohamed Salah made the same move. Both deals no doubt have worked so well for the Reds. Alisson has been a calming effect at the backline for Liverpool, commanding his space well and making crucial stops. 

Alisson played every minute of the Reds' domestic campaign and made history when he became the club's first goalkeeper to win the Premier League Golden Glove award in more than a decade after recording 21 clean sheets.

The stopper was also crucial in helping Liverpool win the Champions League for the sixth time. He preserved the Reds' spot in the knockout stages of the 2018-19 competition with a crucial late save against Napoli on matchday six back in December 2018.

Alisson - who was also part of the team crowned world champions in December 2019 - registered 13 clean sheets in 29 appearances to help Liverpool race to Premier League glory with a club-record 99 points.

However, last season the towering goalkeeper displayed a lot of calm during the defensive crisis that Liverpool had last season. Often having to play with makeshift defenders or inexperienced defenders, he put in a shift, quietly, at the back. He couldn't save all the balls but did the best he could. His handling, distribution and shot-stopping skills are commendable.

Edouard Mendy - Chelsea 

Not many goalkeepers sign for a team to replace the club's record transfer and most expensive goalkeeper of all time. Coming from a less-fancy French Ligue 1 did not make it any easier too, but Edouard Mendy made it seem like a cakewalk. 

The Senegalese international goalkeeper joined from Rennes in September 2020 and penned a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge. The goalie came in to replace the error-prone Kepa Arrizabalaga. He would have been forgiven if he was not able to make the grade or perhaps just ascertain the basics. But Mendy did not do that, he went and excelled!

Mendy not only stamped out the errors but he turned Chelsea's defense into a fortress in his first season. He kept 9 clean sheets in the victorious UEFA Champions League campaign, equalling Keylor Navas' and Santiago Canizares' records. Mendy's shot-stopping abilities are top-notch and he wields excellent command of a defense that includes Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger. 

Mendy continued his fine form for Chelsea this season, contributing to the excellent start of the Chelsea campaign. He kept 11 clean sheets in his first 17 appearances in all competitions in 2021/22, conceding just six goals during that time up to late November. He also produced a string of eye-catching saves, most notably late on in narrow wins at Brentford and Leeds, and as we held on with 10 men for a point at Liverpool.

By many regards, he is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League at the moment.

Hugo Alberto Walls Gómez

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