During Liverpool’s recent match against Manchester United at Anfield, left-back Andy Robertson made history by surpassing some of the Premier League’s biggest names in the all-time assists tally. The Scotland international provided his 55th top-flight assist, setting up Cody Gakpo’s goal just before half-time. Gakpo cut inside Raphael Varane before smashing the ball into the far corner, thanks to Robertson’s expertly placed pass.
Robertson now holds the record for the most assists by a defender in Premier League history, with 55 assists to his name. He has extended his lead ahead of Leighton Baines (53) and his teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold (45). However, what is even more impressive is that he has moved ahead of some of the biggest names in Premier League history, including Mesut Ozil, Juan Mata, and Eden Hazard.
Ozil’s former Arsenal teammate Theo Walcott, who now plays for Southampton, is also on 54 assists. Robertson is now level with Paul Scholes, Riyad Mahrez, Didier Drogba, Danny Murphy, Steed Malbranque, and Damien Duff.
This season, Robertson has laid on nine assists in all competitions, making him the defender with the most assists in the Premier League. Only Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne has more assists this season with 17.
During the match against Manchester United, Liverpool threatened to run riot after Darwin Nunez put them 2-0 up in the 47th minute. Moments later, Gakpo put the hosts three goals ahead following great work from Mohamed Salah. Salah then got in on the act in the 66th minute, securing a resounding victory for Liverpool.
Robertson’s achievement is a testament to his skill and consistency as a player. He has been a key figure in Liverpool’s success over the past few seasons and is widely regarded as one of the best left-backs in the world. His ability to provide assists from defence has been crucial to Liverpool’s attacking prowess, and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Overall, Robertson’s record-breaking achievement highlights the importance of defenders in modern football. While attackers often receive most of the attention and praise, players like Robertson prove that defenders can be just as influential in creating goals and winning matches.