Andrew Robertson talks about breaking the assist record for a defender in the Premier League
Heading into the game against Aston Villa, Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson was just an assist away from beating Everton’s Leighton Baines for the record of most number of assists from a full-back in Premier League history.
Stuck level with him on 53 assists since November, Robbo wasted absolutely no time to get things going and became the player with the most assists (54) for a full-back in the English top tier the moment he laid it off for Mohamed Salah across the goal, who could have scored that chance with his head facing Cairo.
The Scotland captain apart from his assist as well, was among the best players for the Reds on the pitch against Aston Villa as he gave a tough time to both, Ashley Young and John McGinn on the opposite flank with his perfectly timed runs.
Via the BBC, here is what Andy said about finally getting the record behind his back:
“Full-backs are evolving, it’s about going forward as well as defending. I want to defend, first and foremost, but going forward is a big part of your game too.”
“I knew I equalled the record with two [assists] before the break and I was focused on trying to get back and beating it. I’m not into individual things but when you do stuff like that against some unbelievable defenders in the Premier League, it’s good to put yourselves at the top like that.”
Liverpool back to winning ways
Going through a lean patch in the league, it was important for Liverpool to get back to winning ways as soon as the league restarted to gather momentum and carry it deep into the campaign. The first half against Unai Emery’s side was some of the best football we have seen from the Merseysiders, and long may it continue.
Hard to disagree with Robbo about the evolving full-backs as the game’s demands in the modern day are such that if a player playing that position is not excelling in attacking output, there is a very small margin even if the player might be great defensively and vice-versa.
Andy’s fellow fullback might know a thing or two about facing a lot of criticism for not being the best of defending full-backs in the game. Liverpool have games coming up in quick succession now, one on 30th December against Leicester City and one on 2nd January against Brentford.
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A certain Trent Alexander-Arnold is also not very far off from Andy’s assist record and who knows, his current tally of 45 might be 54 by the time the season ends. Even if not, he still has a long way to go, and the author would bet his life on Trent owning the record within no time.