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Ranking the six players with the most wins after 100 Premier League games

Trent Alexander-Arnold reached a century of league appearances for Liverpool last weekend, the academy graduate bringing up the milestone moment during the club’s 2-1 win over West Ham.

Alexander-Arnold has enjoyed huge success since coming through the Reds’ youth ranks and has played a key part in their recent triumphs under Jurgen Klopp, forming part of a side which has won the Champions League and Premier League over the past two seasons and being named as the PFA Young Player of the Year last term.

 

It’s been a remarkable rise for the local-born 22-year-old who has become accustomed to winning during a fine period in Liverpool’s modern history, but where does he stand amongst the most successful Premier League players after a reaching a century of fixtures?

Here are the six players with the most victories after reaching 100 Premier League games:

Bernardo Silva – 76 wins

Bernardo Silva was signed by Manchester City as part of an expensive summer of recruitment during the 2017 summer transfer window, joining a host of marquee names in moving to the Etihad.

The Portuguese playmaker had impressed in a Monaco side that had been crowned Ligue 1 champions in addition to reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, his arrival providing additional creativity to Pep Guardiola’s side.

Silva’s start to life in English football could hardly have been better as City smashed a whole host of divisional records during his debut season, becoming the first team in history to reach 100 Premier League points and setting new landmarks most wins (32), most goals scored (106) and most consecutive victories (18).

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City secured a second successive title the following season as part of an unprecedented domestic treble, pipping rivals Liverpool to the title by just a single point after another formidable campaign that finished with a flawless 14-game winning run.

Only four players have ever managed more wins in their first 100 Premier League games, Silva’s win percentage upon reaching a century standing at an impressive 76%.

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Didier Drogba – 76 wins

Didier Drogba had made headlines during a stunning single season at Marseille in which he thrived in continental competition against both Liverpool and Newcastle, his performances prompting Jose Mourinho to sign the Ivorian during his first summer in charge at Chelsea.

Drogba was viewed as the powerful presence who could lead an expensively-assembled side into a new era and he was a key part in Mourinho’s initial success at Stamford Bridge, ending the club’s 50-year wait for a league title as part of back-to-back Premier League winners’ medals.

Mourinho’s side lost just once during that first title triumph as they established themselves as the new dominant force in English football, Drogba victorious on 76 occasions during his first 100 appearances for the west Londonders.

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Drogba scored 164 goals in all competitions over two spells at Chelsea and won 12 major honours, inspiring the Blues to a first ever Champions League success in 2012 and establishing himself as arguably the greatest player in their history.

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Gabriel Jesus – 77 wins

Another part of Manchester City’s recent success, Gabriel Jesus arrived with a burgeoning reputation from Brazil during the 2017 January transfer window and wasted little time in making an impact at the Etihad.

He scored seven goals in just 10 league appearances as City lost just once during his first six months at the club, before winning back-to-back Premier League titles in record-breaking fashion over the next two seasons under Pep Guardiola.

Those successes saw Jesus rack up 77 wins in his first 100 league appearances, marking his milestone appearance with a goal in a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth last season.

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The Brazilian has largely played a back-up role to Sergio Aguero but has rarely disappointed when called upon, boasting an impressive record of 70 goals in 155 appearances in all competitions since moving to English football.

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Nemanja Vidic – 77 wins

Nemanja Vidic became one of the Premier League’s most feared defenders during a glittering career at Manchester United, a player who won admirers for his non-nonsense and robust approach.

The Serbian centre-back arrived as a mid-season signing from Spartak Moscow during the 2006 January transfer window and took time to settle in the Premier League, before forging a reputation as a formidable component of a brilliant Manchester United side.

Vidic’s first three full seasons at Old Trafford saw Sir Alex Ferguson’s side crowned as champions on each occasion, their success in 2008 coming alongside a Champions League triumph after beating Chelsea in Moscow.

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Alongside Rio Ferdinand he formed arguably the best defensive partnership of the Premier League era, the bedrock of the Red Devils side during a golden era, winning 77 times in his first 100 league appearances for the club.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold – 77 wins

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s 100th league appearance for Liverpool was brought up with yet another victory for the champions against West Ham, moving to defender joint-second alongside Vidic and Jesus for the most wins upon reaching a century of games.

The full-back has enjoyed a meteoric rise after being handed an opportunity under Jurgen Klopp and has established himself as arguably the best attacking full-back in the game, breaking the single season assist record for a defender in 2018/19 before eclipsing his own landmark last time out.

After helping Liverpool finish as runners-up with a record points total of 98 during that 2018/19 campaign, he was again hugely influential as the Reds marched to a long-awaited title success last season, finishing just one short of Manchester City’s record 100 points.

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Named as the PFA Young Player of the Year and in the PFA Team of the Year for a second successive campaign, the sky is seemingly the limit for a young player who has already achieved so much.

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Ederson – 79 wins

No player has ever recorded more wins in their first 100 Premier League appearances than Ederson, the Manchester City goalkeeper having recorded a staggering 79 victories upon reaching a century of Premier League games.

The Brazilian arrived from Benfica as part of Pep Guardiola’s overhaul at the Etihad at the end of his first season in English football, the sub-standard performances of Claudio Bravo prompting change amongst City’s goalkeeping ranks.

It has proven an inspired move as Ederson has become a vital component of Guardiola’s side, his kicking ability unlike anything ever witnessed from a goalkeeper in the Premier League.

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His signing was a game-changer for the evolution of City under Guardiola as they claimed successive league titles in each of his first two campaigns, racking up a combined 198 points over those two seasons in a period of unprecedented consistency.

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