There are 20 starting keeper jobs in the Premier League, some far more solidified than others. We’ve ranked our top five picks for the best goalkeepers in the EPL for the 2023-24 season.
They’re the isolated men between the sticks tasked with football’s hardest job – prevent the ball from entering the back of the net, preserve his side’s clean sheet and guarantee victory.
Goalkeepers may only be called into action three or four times per game, but boy oh boy aren’t they important incidents. Think back to many of the greatest achievements in football history and their results have hinged on excellent goalkeeping – Jerzy Dudek’s performance in the 2005 Champions League final, Petr Cech’s in the 2012 edition of the tournament.
This will be no different during the 2023-24 Premier League season, whichever team wants to hit their targets for the season will need some top-notch efforts from their keeper.
The Premier League is home to a fine collection of men between the sticks. But let’s look at the best goalkeepers in the division for the 2023-24 Premier League season.
Best goalkeepers in the Premier League, 2023-24
Here’s our top five list; the best goalkeepers in the Premier League for the 2023-24 season.
1. Alisson – Liverpool
It’s difficult to dispute the Liverpool shot stoppers’ claim as the best goalkeeper in the division. Already this season his hands have been monumental in securing critical early points for Jurgen Klopp’s men. His brilliant save from Miguel Almiron against Newcastle exemplifies this.
Since the Brazilian’s arrival from Roma, very few goalkeepers have been able to match his output with both hand, which has seen him seal two Premier League Golden Glove awards since his arrival on Merseyside, and foot.
2. Ederson – Manchester City
What can we say about Pep’s brilliant, reliable Brazilian that hasn’t already been shouted from the rooftops? Since arriving from Benfica way back in 2017, Ederson has lifted the Premier League Golden Glove award thrice at the end of season awards, leaving him just one behind Joe Hart and Petr Cech’s record of four victories.
Billed as the man who turned Pep’s British fortunes, everything City do practically runs through their goalkeeper. He gives the defenders and midfielders freedom to move the ball around knowing that at any sign of trouble their keeper is waiting and comfortable enough in possession to make the correct decision. Oh, and did we mention he’s an elite level shot stopper?
3. Nick Pope – Newcastle
Speaking of shot stoppers, there aren’t many in the Premier League better than the colossus stood between the sticks at St James’ Park. Arriving last season from freshly relegated Burnley, Nick Pope was a core component of Newcastle’s return to the Champions League keeping 14 clean sheets as Newcastle conceded less than a goal a game.
Moving forward, the 10-cap England man has the perfect opportunity to cement himself as one of the Premier League’s most impenetrable goalkeepers and help Newcastle issue a warning to the rest of Europe that their place in the game’s elite is cemented for years to come.
4. Aaron Ramsdale – Arsenal
Much like Ederson, everything about Arsenal’s resurgence under Mikel Arteta is made possible by their goalkeeper, who’s poise in possession allows those around him to play with freedom and swing the ball from touchline to touchline under intense pressure knowing their get out jail free card is waiting at the edge of their box.
Not only a fine goalkeeper responsible for many moments of brilliance which preserved Arsenal’s title fight for as long as possible but also a brilliant character who produces countless great moments of crowd engagement throughout a season.
5. Emi Martinez – Aston Villa
Perhaps David Raya should have been in this position but given his move to Arsenal and the impact that will have on his first team minutes we felt honouring Aston Villa’s intimidating World Cup winner.
Quite the character, Emi Martinez is also quite the goalkeeper and someone who will prove a difference maker as Unai Emery’s Villa push for a spot in the European places. In a year when Villa conceded 1.1 goals per game their Argentinian keeper averaged just under three saves a game, this season that figure has increased to 4.5 – highlighting Villa’s defensive issues and his capacity to get them out of trouble at the same time.