Top five: The best Premier League saves of the season

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Time for another mini season review from the Premier League now, and this time, we're focusing on the goalkeepers.

Some say that playing in goal is the most important role on the field. Keeping your opponents at bay is key.

So, let's take a look at which five stops were the best in 2014/15.

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5. Fraser Forster v Queens Park Rangers

I've really enjoyed watching Fraser Forster this season after his summer move from Celtic in 2014. The 27-year-old is a brave individual with cat-like reflexes, so makes a perfect fit for the job in the top flight.

Many a time before he picked up a devastating injury in late March, the England number two had saved Southampton in desperate style, but most notably his save against QPR.

The Saints were leading 1-0 at Loftus Road in injury time before a deflected Rangers shot bounded towards goal. I do say cat-like reflexes, but Forster would probably beat any feline in a goalkeeping challenge. The shot stopper raised an arm, seemingly out of hope, and bundled the ball over the bar somehow.

4. David de Gea v Liverpool

We could have named this article David de Gea's best saves of 2014/15, but we don't want to stir any controversy and create inequality, so we've limited his accommodation on this shortlist to just two spaces. The first of which, registering at number four is his outrageous save against Mario Balotelli of Liverpool.

I remember the game quite well actually. As I watched in awe at my mate's house, David de Gea seemed to keep pulling unbelievable saves from up his sleeve. The most impressive of which saw the Spaniard tip Mario Balotelli's effort onto the bar from close range.

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3. Joe Hart v Swansea City

Similar to De Gea, Joe Hart could have an entire section written on the quality of his goalkeeping attributes this season, but we're still creating fairness and have too limited him to just one space.

Coming towards the end of the season, Manchester City were playing for places in the top four rather than fighting for the title or Champions League football. However, judging by the desperate save that England's number one made against Federico Fernandez to keep his header from rippling the net, you would think otherwise.

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2. Kasper Schmeichel v Burnley

In Leicester's relegation dog fight match against Burnley in the latter stages of the season, their fans must have feared the worst when they saw Ben Mee's shot deflect towards an open goal off the foot of Robert Huth. And then they remembered that they have Kasper Schmeichel at their services, son of the great Peter Schmeichel.

As the Great Dane scrambled back towards his goal, he clawed the ball away.

The 28-year-old reminds me of a certain David Marshall, one of the Premier League's best keepers with Cardiff City last season. Both play at a relatively small club, but both share a great talent of being absolutely brilliant goalkeepers.

1. David de Gea v Everton

Well, if you're any good at maths, then you should have worked out that making the number one spot is, of course, David de Gea, as I did mention earlier that he would feature twice.

I don't think there is any save more deserving of this top spot. There may have been challengers, but nothing to dethrone the super Spaniard himself.

On the floor, De Gea was a beaten man when Bryan Oviedo slashed a shot towards the top corner. The United players could only stand and watch. It was all down to De Gea to provide something magical. Well, of course, who doubted him?

The whole movement from the 24-year-old was like the resurrection all over again. No, I'm not exaggerating. If you haven't seen it, put down whatever is in your hand, stop whatever you are doing, and watch it!

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I would also like to formally apologise to Tim Howard as I haven't included him in this list, no matter how much he deserves a placement.

His save against Southampton was superhuman. The American was a beaten man, the header already past him. However, the Everton veteran reached his hand backwards to claw the ball from the line.

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