Before Alisson, a look at the goalkeepers who scored a goal in the Premier League

After Liverpool's Alisson Becker scored the winner against West Brom, we look at the five goalkeepers who scored Premier League goals before him.

Alisson is the sixth goalkeeper in Premier League history to score a goal. (Image: Twitter/@OfficialFPL)

Alisson Becker made history when he became the first goalkeeper to ever score a professional goal for Liverpool. His last-minute winner saw Liverpool pull off a 2-1 win over West Brom. Yet rare as it is for a goalkeeper to score goals, this isn’t the first time it’s even happened in the Premier League. A total of five PL shot-stoppers have found the back of the net before Alisson. They have occured sporadically over the years; after all, a goalkeeper being in the opposition box is rare. Yet it is worth noting that some of these goals have come from well outside the box.

We look back at the goalkeepers who scored a Premier League goal before Alisson

Peter Schmeichel – The legendary Dane is the first goalkeeper to score a goal in the Premier League. It was some finish too – he volleyed it in from close range with a shot a striker would be proud of. But it was of little difference to his Aston Villa side. They were losing 3-0 and the goal was, therefore, a mere consolation. Still, it remains historic in its nature.

Brad Friedel – The American goalkeeper had a long career in the Premier League and was considered a fine player between the sticks. But it was at Blackburn Rovers that he registered his most memorable solo moment. He turned in a shot from close range and appeared to have salvaged a point against Charlton. However, Claus Jensen volleyed one home just seconds later and Charlton escaped with three points.

Paul Robinson – Former England and Tottenham Hotspur ‘keeper Robinson was the third of his kind to score a goal. His 2007 effort against Watford, however, was significantly different. He took an indirect free-kick from his own half that landed in front of the Watford ‘keeper. However, the ‘keeper misjudged the bounce and was unable to stop it from going in.

Tim Howard – What is it about American goalkeepers and scoring goals? Tim Howard, then of Everton, joined his compatriot Friedel on the list of shot-stoppers to find the back of the net in 2012. Howard went for a long punt downfield, but the wind conditions helped the ball swerve crazily. As such, Bolton’s Jussi Jaaskelainen stood no chance when it bounced first in front of and then over him.

Asmir Begovic – The Stoke City shot stopper scored a goal not too dissimilar to Howard. However, his goal was also the longest in football history. But that’s not all – it was also thw quickest on this list, coming mere seconds after the game kicked off.




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