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Premier League’s 10 greatest goalkeepers ranked by Alan Shearer and Ian Wright

Premier League’s 10 greatest goalkeepers have been ranked by former footballers Alan Shearer and Ian Wright from over the past 28 years.

That was a topic debated on the latest Match of the Day podcast, something which you can see them discuss on BBC One at 10:20pm on Saturday.

There have been some top quality goalkeepers in the top flight, seeing the likes of Peter Schmeichel, David Seaman and Petr Cech, so which of the world-class stoppers are worthy of a place in the pundit’s top 10? Take a look below…

Alan Shearer’s top 10:

10. Alisson Becker
9. David James
8. Shay Given
7. Jens Lehmann
6. David De Gea
5. Ederson
4. Edwin Van der Sar
3. Petr Cech
2. David Seaman
1. Peter Schmeichel

Shearer said: “Shay has 400-odd appearances, Alisson has 50-odd and, as we sit here, still hasn’t won the Premier League yet.

“He’s got 60-odd appearances, so that’s why he’s gone in at 10.

“I’ve taken everything into account, the number of years and appearances.

“James and Given, the number of appearances and the longevity.

“To be around for that amount of time, you have to be a good goalkeeper, and they were.

“De Gea, when he came, he struggled, but there was a time when he was brilliant.

“Over the last 12 months he’s made too many mistakes.

“We’re on about goalkeepers changing now but van der Sar could play.

“We keep going on about Alisson and Ederson as how goalkeeping has changed but there’s no doubt he could pass the ball.

“The reason I’ve put Cech third is I’ve played with David Seaman, I know how hard he worked in training and how dedicated he was.

“That’s why I’ve got Seaman ahead of him.”

Ian Wright’s top 10:

10. Shay Given
9. David James
8. Jens Lehmann
7. David De Gea
6. Alisson Becker
5. Ederson
4. Petr Cech
3. Edwin van der Sar
2. David Seaman
1. Peter Schmeichel

Wright said: “With Shay, when you look at the rest of the keepers and what they’ve done, he was a great goalkeeper but I just feel he was a goalkeeper I wasn’t afraid of.

“He was somebody I thought I fancied something from.

“David James was a goalkeeper you always thought should have been even better for some reason but he just made mistakes.

“When you look at his athletic ability he should be higher up on this list but I just think he had lapses of concentration.

“I saw him as someone, if I was playing against him, he’ll make a mistake.

“I never played with Lehmann but I’ve seen him a few times, he was a leader in the dressing room.

“He got sent off in the Champions League final, he had something about him but he had a mistake in him that you couldn’t trust one million per cent.

“Like with James and Lehmann, De Gea makes the mistakes where, after a while, he shouldn’t be making them.

“As a top keeper they’re the kind of mistakes you eradicate from your game.

“Without him, that period Man United went through, I don’t know where they’d be if it wasn’t for the saves he made.”

“You look at Ederson, the size of him. When he was younger, he was a left-back.

“You could easily see him playing left-sided centre-half, the way he pings the ball about.

“You’d like to see what he’s like moving around the pitch, but his footballing ability with time on the ball? Come on.

“He should take the penalties.

“How Petr Cech taught Spanish and Portuguese just so he could communicate with his defence.

“It’s the fact he taught himself that just to communicate – you have to put the work in.

“I never scored against David Seaman.

“Schmeichel pipped him for what he’s won over what Seaman won but, as a goalkeeper, shot-stopping and saves, I think they’re about the same.

“David Seaman made me a better striker just by training with him every day – you had to be at your best to beat him.”

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