Keeping goal can be a thankless task sometimes: the men between the sticks rarely get any credit for catching a dangerous cross or snuffing out a goal scoring opportunity with a well-timed run off their line. In order to really hit the headlines, they either have to drop a clanger, or pull off a stunning finger-tip save.
Now that Joe Hart has hit the road, we haven’t seen too many clangers in the Premier League this season, although thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can keep track of his gaffes over in Serie A. When it comes to incredible saves, however, we’ve been served up a treat – and here are the videos to prove it.
Victor Valdes vs Pedro
Valdes has endured a difficult time of things since he left the Nou Camp, but this finger-tip save to deny his former Barca teammate shows he’s still one of the best around.
Jordan Pickford vs Curtis Davies
David Moyes doesn’t get much right these days, but his decision to show faith in rookie goalkeeper Pickford has paid dividends – and this save against Hull over the weekend is arguably his best yet.
David de Gea vs Coutinho
When Coutinho cuts in on his left foot and aims one for the far corner, you can pretty much guarantee the net will ripple – unless, of course, it’s Manchester United’s No.1 manning the sticks.
David de Gea vs Emre Can
This really wasn’t Liverpool’s day, was it? An in-form de Gea pulled off yet another heroic save when he kept out Can’s low drive, despite it coming through a crowd of bodies.
Tom Heaton vs Ibrahimovic
Tom Heaton has spoken about facing the wrath of Fergie when he broke the news that he’d be leaving Old Trafford – and this incredible point-blank stop to deny Zlatan a late winner shows us why they were desperate to keep him.