Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has scooped another accolade in a year to remember – after he set a new Guinness World Record.
Alexander-Arnold lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy in June after playing a crucial role in Liverpool’s triumphant Champions League campaign – memorably including his cheeky corner that set up Divock Origi’s semi-final winner against Barcelona.
He was named in the Champions League squad of the season and the PFA team of the season and was instrumental in Liverpool finishing within one point of the Premier League title, running a treble-winning Manchester City side right to the wire.
And now the 21-year-old England defender has added another honour to his collection.
Alexander-Arnold assisted 12 goals in the 2018/19 Premier League season (16 in all competitions) – earning the Guinness World Records title for most English Premier League assists by a defender in a single season.
With that accolade comes a coveted place in Guinness World Records 2020 for the boyhood Liverpool fan.
And Reds fans will love the fact Alexander-Arnold has taken the record from two Everton players – Andy Hinchcliffe (1994/95) and Leighton Baines (2010/11), who had jointly held the previous mark of 11.
Alexander-Arnold said: “It’s an honour. I’ve always wanted to go forward and help the team to create as many chances as possible.
“It’s obviously down to the lads to put the ball into the back of the net because football is a team game and without them, this record wouldn’t be possible.
“It’s an unbelievably proud moment for me and my family, and something I hope will stand for a few years.”
Alexander-Arnold credited fellow Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson for spurring him on to the record.
He and Robertson dominated the right and left-hand sides for Liverpool last season, and their friendly rivalry for who could achieve the most assists spurred them on to a combined 29 assists in all competitions.
Left-back Robertson achieved an impressive 11 assists in the Premier League, and a further two in the Champions League, leaving Alexander-Arnold with the Guinness World Records title and the bragging rights.
Alexander-Arnold said of Robertson: “He probably thought he had the competition wrapped up! Near the end of the season we both hit really good form, we were both getting lots of assists and it was good to help the team in those games that we needed to win.”
He also thanked centre-back and PFA player of the year Virgil van Dijk, saying: “He is a world-class player and the best I have played with. We benefited a lot last season knowing we have players like Virgil giving us the protection behind us.”
That corner to set up Origi for the semi-final winner against Barcelona at Anfield was surely Alexander-Arnold’s most famous assist of the season – and perhaps the most important.
Having placed the ball by the corner flag, the right-back pretended to walk away before quickly turning back and whipping in a cross for the unmarked Origi to fire home, completing a 4-0 win to seal a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Alexander-Arnold said: “I looked over into the box and saw that all the Barcelona players had switched off. I saw Divock in there and thought ‘why not?’
“It was a really special goal – everything fell into place so perfectly. Hopefully, it will stay in the memories of everyone who was there or watching that night.”
Among the other footballing record-breakers to appear in Guinness World Records 2020 are:
- Youngest player to be nominated for the Ballon D’Or – Killian Mbappé (18 years, 293 days)
- First winner of the women’s Ballon D’Or – Ada Hegerberg
- Most goals scored in the UEFA Women’s Champions League – Anja Mittag (51)
- Fastest goal scored in the EPL – Shane Long (7.69 seconds)
- Youngest player to score a hat-trick in the UEFA Europa League – João Félix (19 years, 152 days)
- Most regular-season goals in the National Women’s Soccer League – Samantha Kerr (63)
- Most goals scored in La Liga – Lionel Messi (417)
- Most World Cup finals as captain – Rafael Marquez (5)
- Oldest player at a FIFA World cup – Essam El-Hadary (45 years, 161 days)
- Most EPL Hat-tricks – Sergio Agüero and Alan Shearer (11)
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