Andy Robertson equals Premier League record in Liverpool’s win over Southampton

Robertson now sits level with Leighton Baines for the Premier League assists record for a defender after a pair of first-half helpers against visiting Saints

Liverpool made it four wins in their last six Premier League fixtures earlier today on Merseyside when Jürgen Klopp’s Reds ran out 3-1 winners against Southampton in Nathan Jones’ managerial debut for Saints at Anfield.

A first-half brace from summer signing Darwin Núñez followed up a match opener from Roberto Firmino after just six minutes to set Liverpool on their way, but star left-back Andy Robertson can draw the most plaudits on the afternoon after the 28-year-old Scottish international has his sights set on the Premier League record books.

Robertson turned provider twice on the day in front of home support, first for Firmino’s opener and then again for Núñez’s second of the match all coming before half-time, taking his career assist total in the Premier League to 53 and now putting him joint-level with Leighton Baines’ record for defenders.

The Glasgow native continues to prove that you can come from humble beginnings before reaching the pinnacle of the sport in the UK as well as anywhere across Europe after first cutting his teeth in the top flight of English football with Hull City in 2014-15 and then again in 2016-17.

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Both seasons saw Robertson and his Tigers relegated back down to the Championship, but 2016-17 proved especially decisive for him as he was arguably the club’s standout performer in the league campaign on the back of 33 appearances which were good enough to have Liverpool come calling in the immediate aftermath of the drop that very summer.

Since his arrival on Merseyside in the summer of 2017, Robertson has been the undisputed first-choice left-back at the club and shows no signs of relinquishing that status symbol.

All told, Robertson has featured 229 times combined for Liverpool and Hull in the Premier League; 53 assists in that time frame is a return that Baines could not have even imagined after the long-serving Everton defender needed 420 to achieve the same figure.

With years left on his CV, assuming he remains in the Premier League, Robertson could be on course to set a record that many would struggle to break, though clubmate Trent Alexander-Arnold could potentially have something to say about that.

Andrew Thompson

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