Goalkeepers at any level of football are expected to play with their feet, involving themselves in the flow of the game when their team is in possession. While "ball-playing" keepers may have grown in popularity in recent years, the top passing keepers may not be who you expect. Check out who tops the list of the Premier League's best distributing keepers... Combined Passes/Touches: 2,298 Jonas Lössl has been enjoying his first year in the Premier League with newly promoted Huddersfield,...
Combined Passes/Touches: 2,298
Jonas Lössl has been enjoying his first year in the Premier League with newly promoted Huddersfield, leading in both touches and passes completed for goalkeepers. Not only is Lössl leader for completed passes, but he's the only keeper to surpass 1,000 on the season, and has 96 more passes than the next highest.
Lössl has also been effective against penalties this year, being one of two keepers to save multiple spot shots on the season.
Combined Passes/Touches: 2,134
Kasper Schmeichel has been the first team keeper for the Foxes for some time now, including the magical title winning campaign in 2015/2016. Schmeichel is having his best passing season of his career, averaging 32 passes per match while completing more than half of his passes for the first time with Leicester.
The Danish keeper has been on point with the long ball this year, completing 315 of them on the season.
Combined Passes/Touches: 2,096
Pickford's play in his first season with Everton has been a bit scattered, keeping six clean sheets while also conceding 49 goals. The Toffees have relied on him to be active with his feet from the back, and he's responded well, completing the second-highest number of passes for his club.
Pickford also has appeared in every match for Everton, and has yet to miss a minute of action.
Combined Passes/Touches: 2,004
The Premier League's leader in saves, Lukasz Fabianski has been under constant fire since the start of the season. He became the first keeper to turn away 100 shots this season, keeping eight clean sheets along the way.
Fabianski is also completing just under 30 passes per match, and at a rate of more than 50% for the fourth straight season. He's also yet to miss a minute of game play for Swansea this year.
Combined Passes/Touches: 1,921
Another young English keeper, Butland has had his fair share of ups and downs this season. Despite already having six international caps to his name, Butland may be in danger of losing his spot this summer. He's kept just five clean sheets in 26 appearances, and has surrendered 47 goals, including a howler of own goal last week against Leicester City.
Butland's passing game has been a bright spot this season, as he's averaging a career high passes per match, at a 46% success rate.
Combined Passes/Touches: 1,912
Nick Pope has filled in between the sticks for Burnley since Tom Heaton went down with an injury early in the year. The young Englishman has played well this season, keeping nine clean sheets and placing himself in contention for a spot on England's plane to Russia this summer.
Pope's presence with the ball is a necessity for Burnley, as he ranks fourth in passes for the club, beginning play from the back. Pope has climbed to the top despite missing four matches, averaging nearly 32 passes per match.