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Robertson makes history as highest-assisting defender

26 Dec 2022
Robertson, Liverpool

Liverpool left-back overtakes Leighton Baines on record-breaking Boxing Day in the Premier League

Andrew Robertson cemented his status as one of the Premier League's greatest-ever defenders as he made history on Boxing Day. 

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In setting up Mohamed Salah's fifth-minute goal at Aston VillaRobertson became the highest-assisting defender in the competition. 

His fifth assist of the season took him to 54 in his Premier League career, one clear of former Everton left-back Leighton Baines.

What is all the more impressive is that Robertson has made 189 fewer appearances than Baines. 

"During the break I just wanted to try to get back and beat it," Robertson told Liverpool's official website.

"I'm not really into individual things. I'm all for the team. But when you do stuff like that and you're in the Premier League against some unbelievable defenders, it's always nice to put yourself at the top."

Highest-assisting defenders
Player Appearances Assists
Andrew Robertson 231 54
Leighton Baines 420 53
Trent Alexander-Arnold 176 45
Graeme Le Saux 327 44
Antonio Valencia 241 39
Ian Harte 237 36
Andy Hinchcliffe 219 36
Cesar Azpilicueta 335 35
Gary Neville 400 35

For context, Robertson's total of 54 assists is the same as those of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Mesut Ozil

It moves him up to 33rd in the all-time assists charts, needing another 26 to enter the top 10. 

He is also now only four behind Kevin De Bruyne in the race for this season's Castrol Playmaker award

Castrol Playmaker race 2022/23
Player Assists Next three matches
Kevin De Bruyne 9 LEE (A), EVE (H), CHE (A)
Bukayo Saka 6 WHU (H), BHA (A), NEW (H)
Gabriel Jesus 5 WHU (H), BHA (A), NEW (H)
Alex Iwobi 5 MCI (A), BHA (H), SOU (H)
Dejan Kulusevski 5 AVL (H), CRY (A), ARS (H)
Bernardo Silva 5 LEE (A), EVE (H), CHE (A)
Andrew Robertson 5 LEI (H), BRE (A), BHA (A)

With four coming for former club Hull City, Robertson is only the fourth player to set up 50 Premier League goals for Liverpool.

Steven Gerrard (92), Steve McManaman (58) and Salah (50) are the others, with Salah remarkably reaching the same landmark as Robertson at Villa on Boxing Day.

See: Kane maintains scoring streak to set Boxing Day record

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