Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold simply loves an assist.
Since breaking through into the Reds’ first team during the 2017-18 season, the Englishman hasn’t looked back and is now widely considered the best right-back in world football.
However, how does he compare to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes?
If that seems like a jarring and unfair question to ask, then stick with us here because the two players have been intriguingly compared in the wake of Liverpool’s latest win.
Alexander-Arnold turned provider for both of Virgil van Dijk’s goals during the victory over Brighton & Hove Albion, elevating his career Premier League tally to 18 assists.
TAA vs Scholes?
And that compares closer to Scholes’ own tally than you might expect with the former United midfielder notching up 55 assists in 499 games during his illustrious career.
Scholes might have been one of the greatest midfielders in Premier League history, but he wasn’t well known for teeing up his teammates and it’s prompting certain fans to run the maths.
They’ve worked out that Alexander-Arnold ‘only’ needs to provide 38 assists during his next 430 league games in England to surpass Scholes’ total.
That would be an average of around an assist every 11 games or around four a season, which is more than realistic when he accumulated 12 in 2018/19 alone.
In other words, yes, it looks as though United’s greatest midfielder of the Premier League era could be out-assisted by a young Liverpool full-back who’s barely the American legal drinking age.
Trent Alexander-Arnold needs 37 assists in his next 430 Premier League games to equal Paul Scholes’ tally.— Dave (@JoeDaveGomez) November 30, 2019
The kid is a 21 year old defender. pic.twitter.com/3AuaXjhbro