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Top 5 Saves from Week 1 of the Premier League Season (Video)


Liverpool’s Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (R) saves a penalty from Stoke City’s Irish forward Jon Walters (L) during the season’s opening Premier League football match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on August 17, 2013. Liverpool won the match 1-0. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR LIVE SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS. == (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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The most influential save of the weekend was undoubtedly Simon Mignolet’s. Late in Liverpool’s Saturday match against visiting Stoke City, Jonathan Walters had a chance to equalize from the spot. It was a situation where Stoke were almost assured of taking a point (and costing Liverpool two), given the lack of time remaining in the match. Instead, Walter’s attempt into the left of goal was stopped by the Belgian, preserving a full three points for Liverpool on his Anfield debut.

That save is not part of this package, but another of Mignolet’s is. Asmir Begovic (Stoke), Allan McGregor (Hull City), Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham) and Michel Vorm (Swansea City) are also on the list, goalkeepers from a collection of teams that remind us it isn’t necessarily a positive to put your keeper in position for this kind of honor.

Still, given most of these saves come from shots far beyond the penalty area, it’s hard to point too many fingers this weekend. We’ll have to wait for trends to develop.

In the meantime, we can enjoy the stops. Check out the league’s top five saves to see which goalkeeper claimed the top spot.