There was a lot to discuss following the come-from-behind victory against West Ham on Monday. There was the match itself, which was more exciting than Liverpool’s normal run-of-the-mill “we wear you down until we score and win.” There were the obvious team accomplishments, of course. And the state of the league (or rather what is left of the league, after the trail of misery and destruction left by these Reds this season).
Lost in the shuffle was the fact that Trent Alexander-Arnold contributed his 11th and 12th assists of the season, equaling the record for a defender in the league. Equaling his own record that he set last year. In February. And he’s still just 21-years-old.
Anyway, it’s a thing that happened. And it’s a record he’ll almost certainly better before the final whistle blows this season.
“I’m happy to help the team as much as possible,” Trent explained to the club’s official website.
“That was my aim going into the season – to get over 10 again. And as the season’s went on, it’s been about trying to push the limits and try to break as many records as I can, try to push myself as far as I can, try to help the team as much as possible and get assists, goals and contributions.
“Obviously clean sheets first and foremost, but going forward I’ve tried to get as many assists as possible.
“I’ve equalled that record and now I’ll look to push on and try to break it.”
Trent really hit his stride toward the end of last year, including a hat trick of assists against upcoming opponent Watford. He has continued that blistering form throughout this campaign, which is why he’ll likely not just break his record, but shatter it.
Three more assists for TAA against Watford would almost certainly see the Reds breaking another record, making it 19 wins in a row, and reducing the number of wins needed for a league title down to 3.
Sounds like a good plan to me.