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Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Man City’s Ederson now have something in common

By CJ Smith

Published: 13:30, 16 October 2019

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been entered into the Guinness World Records for the most English Premier League assists by a defender in a single season.

The 20-year-old notched 16 assists in all competitions during 2018/19, 12 of which came in the Premier League as Liverpool were pipped to the title by Manchester City.

Alexander-Arnold makes history: Five things to know…

  • Alexander-Arnold provided 12 assists in the Premier League last season.
  • That is the Guiness World Record total by a defender in a single season.
  • He joins the likes of Ederson, Kylian Mbappe, Ada Hegerberg and Alan Shearer in the record books.
  • Alexander-Arnold described the inclusion as an “honour” and credited Andy Robertson’s role in the achievement.
  • He beat the previous record of 11 set by Everton left-backs Andy Hinchcliffe and Leighton Baines.

This has seen his name etched into the record books, overtaking two Everton defenders – Andy Hinchcliffe and Leighton Baines – in the process, with each of them sharing the previous record of 11 assists.

Other footballers to appear in the record books include Ederson for his world-record 75.35-metre long kick, Kylian Mbappe for being the youngest Ballon d’Or nominee (18 years, 293 days) and Ada Hegerberg for being the first-ever winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or award.

Alexander-Arnold has started the 2019/20 season in a similar fashion, providing two assists in eight games as Liverpool have opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, winning all of their matches so far.

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The Reds face arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Alexander-Arnold credits Andy Robertson for award

Alexander-Arnold has remained humble in light of his most recent individual achievement.

The England international believes left-back and teammate Andy Robertson played a key role in his form last season, with the Scotsman himself providing 11 assists and remaining in direct competition with Alexander-Arnold.

“He probably thought he had the competition wrapped up!” Alexander-Arnold said.

“Near the end of the season we both hit really good form, we were both getting lots of assists and it was good to help the team in those games that we needed to win.”

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