Premier League goalkeepers ranked from 'world class' to 'absolute trash'

KRC Genk v Liverpool FC: Group E - UEFA Champions League

The quality of your goalkeeper can make or break you in the Premier League.

Just look at Liverpool. Swapping out the mistake-prone Loris Karius for the revered Alisson Becker was one of the biggest reasons behind their progression from a top four side to title challengers.

And every team to win the Premier League has possessed a superb shot-stopper between the sticks, whether that's Petr Cech, Peter Schmeichel or most recently Ederson.

So, the market for goalkeepers can often be incredibly ferocious with every team from the top to the bottom periodically looking for their next number one.

And given the very specific and often physical demands of the Premier League, England's top division both attracts and forges the best goalkeepers in the business.

Ranking Premier League goalkeepers

Bearing that in mind, GIVEMESPORT has decided to jump on the 2019 trend that is TierMaker and use its graphics to rank the majority of the Premier League's shot-stoppers.

To do so, we've broken down the rankings into eight categories: world class, great, decent, overrated but still good, underrated, middle of the road, disappointing and absolute trash.

Every Premier League club's number one has been included - as well as some topical deputies - and the full breakdown of our decision can be seen in ascending order.

Manchester United v Arsenal FC - Premier League

Absolute trash

Roberto Jimenez (West Ham United)

Yes, we're guilty as charged for making this tier especially for Roberto, but the West Ham man is one of the worst goalkeepers we've seen in England and Manuel Pellegrini dropped him for a reason.

West Ham United v Crystal Palace - Premier League


Angus Gunn (Southampton)

'I'm not angry, just disappointed' is the best way to sum up our emotions here, because Gunn has it within him to become a top goalkeeper, but he's been rightfully demoted below Alex McCarthy.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton FC - Premier League

Middle of the road

Matthew Ryan (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United)

Tom Heaton (Aston Villa)

Adrian (Liverpool)

These are the sort of 'keepers that make us shrug our shoulders. Whether Liverpool fans like it or not, Adrian is very much a part of this and Heaton's recent drop in form demotes him to this tier, also.

Newcastle United v Manchester United - Premier League


Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace)

Dean Henderson (Sheffield United)

Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth)

Paulo Gazzaniga (Tottenham Hotspur)

Tim Krul (Norwich City)

Nike Pope (Burnley)

The harshness with which goalkeepers are treated in the media means that plenty of Premier League stoppers become underrated and we believe no fewer than six are worthy of this status.

Guaita, in particular, seems to be going under the radar with his superb performances at Palace, while both Henderson and Ramsdale have proven themselves to be brilliant English prospects.

West Ham United v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Overrated, but still good

Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)

Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)

We all need to calm down regarding these three. Quite how Lloris blagged his way into the Ballon d'Or nominations is beyond us and Kepa's dip in form is sparking reports that he could be replaced.

Chelsea FC v Liverpool FC - Premier League


Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Ben Foster (Watford)

Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United)

There can be no questioning Patricio's quality at Wolves, yet we believe Foster and Fabianski deserve a place alongside him with admirable displays at clubs struggling near the foot of the table.

Watford FC v AFC Bournemouth  - Premier League


David de Gea (Manchester United)

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)

Bernd Leno (Arsenal)

De Gea, despite being the best shot-stopper in England, has been pegged down because of his post-2018 mistakes, whereas Leno and Schmeichel just fall short of the creme de la creme.

Manchester United v Arsenal FC - Premier League

World class

Ederson (Manchester City)

Alisson Becker (Liverpool)

Both Brazilians are superb in the air, have phenomenal distribution and are incredibly competent shot-stoppers, leaving us pretty confident that they are the Premier League's only two world-class 'keepers.


Full tier rankings


GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

Let there be two lessons here: some Premier League goalkeepers are seriously underrated and some are seriously overrated.

Instead of hyping so-so displays from Arrizabalaga and Lloris, let's give credit to 'unfashionable' goalkeepers like Guaita and Ramsdale who are holding their own each week.

I'm getting frustrated with some of these goalkeepers' best saves being brushed under the carpet on Match of the Day and how they're some times saddled with the blame for poor defending in front of them. 

Newcastle United v AFC Bournemouth  - Premier League

Take Krul, for example. Norwich have been conceding bucketfuls of goals since gaining promotion, but it's far less than we could have expected if it wasn't for their underrated shot-stopper.

Are our rankings perfect? Perhaps not and I don't doubt that they'll be passionately debated, but let it stand as proof that the hierarchy of 'keepers is very different to how their clubs stand in the table.

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