Trent Alexander-Arnold matches Ashley Cole in PL record books, but Leeds strike late to deny Liverpool
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Liverpool were pegged back by Leeds United this evening, in a tightly contested affair at Elland Road.
Llorente strikes late
Monday’s solitary Premier League fixture was of course played out a short time ago.
The matchup saw mid-table Leeds welcome top-4 hunting Liverpool to West Yorkshire, for a highly anticipated showdown.
The pre-match chatter ahead of the action getting underway was unsurprisingly dominated by the European Super League, as fans and pundits alike made use of the platform to reiterate their opposition to the proposal:
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) April 19, 2021
Upon referee Anthony Taylor’s whistle finally setting the clash in motion at Elland Road, though, focus quickly returned to matters on the pitch.
And, when all was said and done, an entertaining 90 minutes eventually resulted in the spoils being shared.
The evening’s scoring was opened just past the half-hour mark, when a fine team move saw Trent Alexander-Arnold slipped in down the right, before squaring for Sadio Mane to slot home into an empty net:
#LFC lead at Elland Road! 🟥
It’s an intelligent run from Alexander-Arnold, who squares it for Sadio Mane to finish into an empty net…🔥
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 19, 2021
Hosts Leeds, though, ramped up the pressure in a major way following the interval, and were eventually rewarded for their efforts with 87 minutes on the clock.
A corner from the right was met by the impressive Diego Llorente, who nodded beyond Alisson to deal Liverpool’s top-4 hopes a blow.
On an otherwise underwhelming night for the Premier League champions, though, one of the club’s stars nevertheless continued to make his way up an elite Premier League list.
The player in question? Trent Alexander-Arnold.
As revealed on the back of his latest assist at Elland Road, TAA, at the age of just 22, has now teed up as many Premier League goals as Arsenal and Chelsea icon Ashley Cole managed across his entire career:
Trent Alexander-Arnold has now provided as many Premier League assists as Ashley Cole (31).
How’s that for a past-and-present full-back pairing? 🤩 pic.twitter.com/Z6e2l9QP8D
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) April 19, 2021
Not only that, but Alexander-Arnold has also surpassed teammate Andy Robertson as the player with the most assists in the Premier League since the beginning of last season:
Most Premier League assists by defenders since the start of last season:
◉ Trent Alexander-Arnold (18)
◎ Andy Robertson (17)
◎ Lucas Digne (13)
Something in the water in Merseyside. 💧 pic.twitter.com/5ZrvtrJb3g
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 19, 2021