In-form Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander Arnold reached the milestone of 40 assists last weekend during the Premier League clash with Southampton thus becoming the youngest player to achieve the feat outside the duo of Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney. It took him just 139 matches for the England international to reach 40 assists in the Premier League.
Trent Alexander Arnold got to 40 assists when he provided the fourth Liverpool goal for Dutchman Van Dijk as the Merseyside giants ran riot against Southampton. Apart from Van Dijk, Diogo Jota (brace) and Thiago Alcantara also scored as Liverpool beat the Saints 4-0 at home to move within one point of leaders Chelsea on the Premier League log having played a game more. When Chelsea played their own game, they could only secure a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United to go one point clear of Manchester City in second place and two points clear of Liverpool in third place.
Liverpool defender Trent reached the milestone of 40 Premier League assists at the age of 23 years and 51 days, which is slightly higher than that of Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney.
Derby County boss Rooney was at Manchester United when he got to 40 Premier League assists at the age of 22 years and 200 days. Spanish international Cesc Fabregas still holds the record for the youngest player to reach the milestone at 21 years and 188 days.
England international Trent has been one of the best players at Liverpool and he has been the undisputed right-back at the club since the 2018/19 season having made his debut for the Reds in 2016. He came through the Liverpool Academy before being promoted to the first team. Trent has one goal and seven assists in 12 league outings this season plus one goal in three Champions League games.
Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards will step down from his role at the end of the season and he’s determined to leave on a high. It was revealed that the Reds have big plans for the upcoming January transfer window. The sporting director is expected to spearhead the addition of new players when the transfer window reopens in the next few weeks in what could be one of his last major actbefore he steps down.
The Daily Star says that Liverpool are set to lose the services of Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament next year and the Merseyside giants are prepared to cover for the three player by making some signings. Keita has had his injury problems at Liverpool this season, but he’s expected to leave the club to link up with the Guinean national team in the coming weeks ahead of the AFCON tournament as long as he’s fit. At the moment, Keita has a hamstring injury which ruled him out of the last two Liverpool games.
Salah and Mane are not prone to injuries like what’s obtainable with Guinean midfielder Keita. Salah is the talisman for the Egyptian national team, while Mane has the same role for the Senegalese national team.
Two Italian Serie A players in Gleison Bremer and Marcelo Brozovic have emerged as Liverpool targets on Edwards’ list ahead of the winter transfer window. Inter Milan are keen to sign Croatian international Brozovic to a new deal at the club with his current deal set to expire next summer. Torino defender Bremer is another player on Edwards’ radar.
Respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Villarreal attacker Arnaut Danjuma is also a Liverpool target. Another reported Livepool target is young Fulham attacker Fabio Carvalho as revealed by the Daily Mail.
Former Ireland striker Robbie Keane is in line to return to the MLS as the coach of his former club La Galaxy where he scored 92 goals and recorded 51 assists as well as winning three MLS cups more than he scored for his national team.
Keane proposed return is expected to be a major relief for the FAI as well as the incoming CEO Jonathan Hill who is expected to end his tie with the FAI and that is expected to help him clear one major financial and logistical headache which the FAI has been unable to resolve for several months.
On their part, LA Galaxy has had a nightmarish start to the new season, with the dismal record of four wins in sixteen games, and to make the start even more compounding, they have lost their last six games in a row and their most recent defeat coming at home against San Jose Earthquakes although they turned the clock against Vancouver on Monday winning the keenly contested match by one goal to nothing and will be hoping to continue their surge when they face LAFC on Sunday.
However, this recent win should not stop the former Ireland striker from taking the job and neither will it stop the current coach from facing the sack.
Guillermo Barros Schelottowho joined the club from Boca Junior in 2019 after winning two Argentine Primera division may be spending his last days at the club with the impending coming of Robbie Keane and his shadow looming large at the club.
Keane is a cult hero in LA Galaxy and he is still highly-regarded for his exploit with the club and it is widely reported that the club recommended their former player to the Dubliner when they were in search of a new boss.