After Trent Alexander-Arnold reached the total of 50 Premier League assists with two against Leeds United earlier this week, we take a closer look at his half-century in numbers.
The No.66’s first Premier League assist was recorded back in April 2018 during a 3-0 Anfield victory over AFC Bournemouth. Spotting the forward run of Mohamed Salah into the area, Alexander-Arnold hoisted a pass over the opposition defence from deep on the right flank that his teammate deftly headed over the goalkeeper in front of the Kop.
Alexander-Arnold’s biggest haul of assists in a single Premier League fixture was the treble he achieved during a 5-0 home defeat of Watford in February 2019. Two inviting first-half crosses were dispatched by Sadio Mane and then a pinpoint second-half set-piece was headed home by Virgil van Dijk.
Since his debut in the top flight in December 2016, only three players have tallied more assists in the division: Kevin De Bruyne, Andy Robertson and Salah. The half-century has been completed by Alexander-Arnold in 190 Premier League appearances.
The Academy graduate’s personal best for a single Premier League season is the total of 13 assists he provided during Liverpool’s title-winning 2019-20 campaign. That bettered his 12 of the previous year and he also chalked up a dozen during 2021-22.
Different teammates have been the recipient of an Alexander-Arnold assist in the Premier League, including Alisson Becker for his unforgettable header at West Bromwich Albion in May 2021. Mane (11), Salah (six) and Van Dijk (six) have been the most frequent so far, while the newest addition to the list was Cody Gakpo with the opening goal at Leeds on Monday.
There is a balanced split between home and away games in his assist catalogue, with 26 posted at Anfield compared to 24 on the road. Elland Road has now become his favourite away hunting ground with four assists there, ahead of St. James’ Park (three), King Power Stadium (two), Old Trafford (two) and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (two).
Alexander-Arnold brought up his half-century with a pair of assists during a Player of the Match-winning performance in Monday’s 6-1 victory at Leeds. The landmark-clinching second of those was a typical combination of vision and technique as he lofted a ball in behind the Whites defence for Darwin Nunez to take down and finish.
In terms of targets for Alexander-Arnold to aim for, Steven Gerrard’s tally of 92 assists is the most for the Reds in the Premier League era. In the current dressing room, career figures to compete with include James Milner (87), Robertson (55), Jordan Henderson (54) and Salah (54), while Roberto Firmino has 50 as it stands too.