Alexander-Arnold sets ambitious assist target as he bids ‘to go down in history’

Date published: Monday 22nd November 2021 11:16 - Matthew Briggs

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Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has set out his assist target for this season and plans to “go down in history” for his individual contribution to the club.

The right-back, who was called back into the England squad recently, was been back to his influential best in recent weeks. The 23-year-old provided the crosses for the first and fourth goals as Arsenal were brushed aside 4-0. That made it five assists and a goal in his last three matches for the club. On top of the three assists in England’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino.

Since the start of the 2018-19 season Alexander-Arnold has provided 38 Premier League assists, four more than any other player during the same period but, remarkably, just over eight months ago he was dropped by England boss Gareth Southgate.

That low point for the academy graduate appears to be behind him and he has set an ambitious target of 20 assists for the season.

“I want to break as many records as I can. I want to make history with my performances and my tallies, and go down in history,” he said.

“For me it is about contributing as much as I can for the team and making sure we win.

“The team trophies are much more important than the personal ones. But to use as motivation I do like to set myself targets.


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20 Premier League assists the target for Trent

“The manager has given me that freedom to play the way I feel is right and it’s worked so far for the team. I’ve evolved over the years and I try to keep adapting and create as many problems for the opposition that I can.

 

“It’s going well so far. It’s about maintaining that good run of form and make sure we carry on this season.”

Liverpool’s struggles last season were reflected in Alexander-Arnold’s contribution. He managed just seven Premier League assists, compared to 13 and 12 from the previous two campaigns.

But having recorded six in 12 league matches so far he is targeting a double-digit return again.

“The very minimum is always double figures,” he added.

“I just want to be contributing as much as I can. I would probably say this season would be 15 to 20 in the league.”

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