Liverpool produced one of their finest performances of the Jurgen Klopp era to brush aside title rivals Leicester City in an emphatic 4-0 victory that saw Trent Alexander-Arnold grab all the headlines.
Alexander-Arnold, 21, was utterly imperious against Brendan Rodgers’ side to move 13 points clear of the Foxes at the Premier League summit with a game in hand. The England international recorded two assists during the Boxing Day win that also saw him score his second league goal of the season.
The homegrown talent now has 20 assists for 2019 – more than any other Premier League player – as Klopp’s team made it 17 wins from a possible 18 to register 52 points from 54. The European champions are already 14 points clear of domestic treble winners Manchester City who are in action against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday.
Klopp’s full-back duo of Alexander-Arnold and Robertson have redefined the position entirely. Together the two players have registered 36 assists between them this calendar year.
Both Robertson’s and Alexander-Arnold’s unwavering relentlessness to consistently create for their team has led to internal competitiveness in the Liverpool camp. There has even been a competition between the duo for most assists for the year.
Following Alexander-Arnold’s man-of-the-match performance, the Scotland captain took to Twitter to post a hilarious response to the Englishman’s latest imperious performance. Robertson, 25, is currently trailing his full-back colleague by five assists in all competitions this season but is still managing to see the funny side.
Writing on his social media, Robertson said: “This aged well..” when reflecting on a previous message he posted back in November when the former Hull City was leading the way for assists.
This aged well…😒 https://t.co/qKymIkVL37
— Andy Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) December 26, 2019
Only Kevin de Bruyne (10) has recorded more assists than Alexander-Arnold so far this season. Liverpool’s full-back duo have together provided 15 assists for their team – more than any other defensive duo this season.
The Reds will have two days to recover before they are in action again against Wolves at Anfield on Sunday.