Trent Alexander-Arnold is, as of today, officially in the latest edition of Guinness Book of World Records. For most assists by a defender in a Premier League season. Which isn’t a record we knew existed in a Guinness Book of World Records way until now.
Still, it’s a handy reminder of just how good a season Alexander-Arnold had last year, racking up 12 league assists and key to the Reds’ 97-point season—not to mention their Champions League triumph—and barely edging teammate Andy Robertson’s 11.
“I’ve always wanted to go forward and help the team to create as many chances as possible,” Alexander-Arnold noted of his record tally. “It’s obviously down to the lads to put the ball into the back of the net—without them, this record wouldn’t be possible.
“[Andy Robertson] probably thought he had the competition wrapped up. 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.”
Alternately, if Alexander-Arnold officially being the Guinness Book of World Records record holder for assists in a Premier League season doesn’t land as exciting—after all, those 12 helpers aren’t exactly new news—there’s always Gini Wijnaldum’s spicier take:
fastest corner?— Gini Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) October 16, 2019