The role of a goalkeeper changed beyond recognition in 1992.
No longer was it acceptable for defenders to ping a backpass back to their keeper, who in turn gleefully picked the ball up and took the sting out of the game.
Post-1992 keepers had to be able to use their previously dormant feet. Cue many a mistake and, eventually, the birth of the sweeper-keeper.
These days there’s no point applying for the position of Premier League goalkeeper unless you’ve got the feet of R9 and the passing ability of Paul Scholes, as well as being able to make the odd save.
But who’s the Premier League king of venturing out of their box and trying to get involved in the action?
Surprisingly, Ederson is the lowest ranked of all the first-choice goalkeepers when it comes to distance travelled.
He travels an average of 3.21km per 90 minutes, closely followed by David De Gea, who moves 3.43km per 90.
Here’s the table in full:
Rui Patricio is the Premier League’s busiest keeper, averaging a sweat-inducing 5.35km per 90.
Despite spending much of the season making playing out of the back look like attempting brain surgery blindfolded, Petr Cech is actually the third most travelled goalkeeper in the league.
Joe Hart is also up there, proving that you can’t always judge a book by its cover or a keeper by the length of sleeve they choose to wear.
In terms of pure distance from goal, Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel is king.
He found himself in Man United’s box during the opening game of the season and even managed to get a shot off.
We can neither confirm nor deny whether he had a nosebleed due to being so far up the pitch.
Hart, continuing to confound the critics, is the only other Premier League keeper to venture into the opposition’s half so far this season.
The Head & Shoulders supremo trundled into uncharted territory to launch a 91st minute free-kick into Watford’s box.
All to no avail, we’re disappointed to report.
Hugo Lloris is the shyest goalkeeper in the Premier League, staying closer to his goal than any other Premier League keeper.
The furthest he ventured was against Newcastle, although he quickly scuttled back to safety.
If only there was a gag in there about taking the handbrake off.
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