Trent Alexander-Arnold moved into the record books with an assist in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley at the weekend, with the right-back setting a new record for the most ever assists by a Premier League defender.
Alexander-Arnold’s assist was his 58th in the Premier League, having set new standards in creativity from the full-back position.
Following the Liverpool star’s latest, we’ve ranked the five defenders with the most assists in Premier League history.
The defenders with the most assists in Premier League history:
Antonio Valencia – 39
Antonio Valencia’s successful conversion from winger to full-back saw the Ecuadorian spend a decade at Manchester United.
Valencia signed for the Red Devils from Wigan Athletic after catching the eye with the Latics, arriving as a replacement for the outgoing Cristiano Ronaldo.
He was named in the PFA Team of the Year during his debut season at Old Trafford and went on to make 339 appearances in all competitions for the club, winning two Premier League titles, three domestic cups and the Europa League.
Though not an out-and-out defender, Valencia spent the bulk of his time with the Red Devils at right-back and edges out Ian Harte (36), Andy Hinchcliffe (36), Cesar Azpilicueta (35) and Gary Neville (35) for a place on this list.
Graeme Le Saux – 44
Graeme Le Saux signed from Chelsea after Blackburn’s promotion to the Premier League and provided a constant supply of dangerous deliveries as Kenny Dalglish’s side became one of the top teams in the division.
Le Saux provided five assists as Blackburn won the Premier League title in 1994/95, a campaign that saw the left-back named in the PFA Team of the Year for the first time. He became British football’s most expensive defender when rejoining Chelsea in a £5m deal in 1997 and went on to win the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Super Cup and League Cup with the West Londoners.
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Leighton Baines – 53
Leighton Baines’ left foot created 53 goals during a long career in the Premier League, one that saw the left-back become a fans’ favourite for Wigan and Everton.
Baines helped Wigan to promotion to the Premier League before joining Everton in a £6m deal in 2007. That investment proved to be brilliant business for the Blues, as Baines made 420 appearances across 13 years at Goodison Park.
Twice named Everton’s Player of the Year and included in the PFA Team of the Season in back-to-back campaigns in 2012 and 2013, Baines scored 32 top-flight goals and laid on 53 more. But for the presence of Ashley Cole, he would have earned far more than his 30 caps for England.
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Andy Robertson – 57
Andy Robertson is one of two active names on this list having formed one-half of the Premier League’s finest full-back pairing in recent campaigns.
An £8m steal from Hull City, Robertson has evolved into one of the Premier League’s best left-backs at Liverpool where his marauding runs forward have been a feature of Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Scotland international has won a wealth of major honours including the Premier League and Champions League with the Reds, while racking up the assists from full-back. He held the division’s record until a teammate took over at the top at the weekend…
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 58
Trent Alexander-Arnold moved past long-time assist accomplice Robertson at the weekend, after setting up Diogo Jota for the opening goal in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley.
Alexander-Arnold has been a revelation at right-back since breaking into the Liverpool team, where he has altered expectations for production from full-back.
He has reached 10+ assists in three different Premier League campaigns, including a single-season record of 13 for a defender as Liverpool won the title in 2019/20.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚 𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐄𝐑 𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐆𝐔𝐄 𝐇𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐘 🪄
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The 25-year-old’s detractors continue to point towards dubious defensive strength, but when Alexander-Arnold contributes as he can moving forward, the upside outweighs the down. Few footballers in the division can spot – or pick – passes like he can.