Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson drew headlines this weekend, his quick thinking releasing Mohamed Salah on the counter-attack to seal victory against Manchester United at Anfield.
The Brazilian international’s long kick forward saw him join an exclusive list of Premier League goalkeepers to register an assist in the top flight, though the 27-year-old is still some way off the shot-stoppers to have provided the most league assists.
The Premier League goalkeepers with the most assists ever:
Mark Crossley – 3 assists
The former Welsh international would enjoy a long career in the top flight, taking in spells at the likes of Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough and Fulham whilst earning eight caps at international level.
The best spell of his career would come during his stay at the City ground, Crossley spending over ten seasons with Forest and making over 300 league appearances for the club.
Whilst his career would pass without lifting silverware, Crossley is looked back on with great fondness by 90’s football fans and joins an exclusive list of Premier League goalkeepers to have provided more than one goal, registering an assist on three occasions.
Tim Howard – 3 assists
One of a group of players at the forefront of expanding the sport in the US, Howard would arrive in English football with Manchester United in 2003 before spending a decade at Everton, becoming one of the most reliable shot-stoppers in the Premier League.
The most capped goalkeeper in the history of the national team, the athletic American would prove a hugely popular figure on Merseyside despite the club’s lack of team success.
One of just a select few goalkeepers with a Premier League goal to their name, Howard is also amongst the most prolific assist providers, registering three during a lengthy career in England’s top flight.
Jussi Jaaskelainen – 3 assists
A classic bargain buy, Jaaskelainen would sign for Bolton for just £100,000 in 1997, helping the club regain promotion to the Premier League before establishing himself as a club legend.
Despite often being linked with bigger clubs, the Finland international would remain loyal to the Lancashire side and made over 500 appearances in all competitions, being named as the club’s Player of the Year after helping Sam Allardyce’s side qualify for Europe in 2006/07.
He would later join West Ham and spend three seasons at the London club, before dropping down the divisions with Wigan.
One of just 15 goalkeepers to have kept over 100 Premier League clean sheets, Jaaskelainen also provided three assists during his 20-year stay in English football.
Peter Schmeichel – 3 assists
Regarded by many as the greatest goalkeeper in Premier League history, Schmeichel would form part of the spine of a Manchester United side that would dominate English football throughout the nineties, winning five league titles and the Champions League during a glittering career at Old Trafford.
Named as the Premier League Player of the Season in 1995/96, the Dane was a formidable presence in goal, though he was also renowned for influencing proceedings at the other end of the pitch, often springing attacks with his superhuman long throws and notched three Premier League assists.
He would later have spells with both Aston Villa and Manchester City, memorably scoring for the former in a defeat to Everton in 2001 – becoming the first goalkeeper to score in the division’s history.
Pepe Reina – 4 assists
Rafael Benitez would secure the signing of his compatriot at Liverpool in 2005, despite the heroics of current number one Jerzy Dudek in the Champions League final just months previously.
The signing would prove to be a shrewd one as Reina established himself amongst the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, winning the Golden Glove award for three consecutive years between 2006 and 2008.
The Spaniard’s kicking was amongst his best attributes, Reina providing four assists during his time in English football, including one perfectly weighted kick for Albert Riera in a win over Aston Villa in 2009.
David Seaman – 4 assists
One of the great goalkeepers of the Premier League era, Seaman would win two league titles under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, the second as part of a domestic double in 2002.
The former England number one would form part of a famed Gunners backline that prided themselves on defensive solidity, with only three goalkeepers in the division’s history having kept more than Seaman’s 140 clean sheets.
Four assists would also come Seaman’s way during a 12-year Premier League career, the goalkeeper later signing for Manchester City before his retirement from football in 2004.
Paul Robinson – 5 assists
The goalkeeper with the most assists in Premier League history is former Leeds, Spurs and Blackburn number one Paul Robinson, the ex-England international having provided five goals during an almost two decade career at Premier League level.
Robinson’s booming kick would prove a potent weapon from deep throughout his career, none more evident that when he scored a 95-yard free-kick against Watford in 2007, the ball bouncing over the head of the helpless Ben Foster in the opposing goal.