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Andy Robertson is no support act – he’s a brilliant full-back in his own right

Leighton Baines holds the all-time record for the most Premier League assists contributed by a defender.

The Everton legend provided 53 in 420 top-flight fixtures.

By way of a comparison, Andy Robertson (£4.2m) has played less than half the number of games (205) in the same competition and is just six assists short of equalling Baines’ record.

Truth be told, not enough is made of the fact the Scotsman’s creative output and that’s largely because of his team-mate on the opposite flank.

The aforementioned record will almost certainly be claimed by Trent Alexander-Arnold (£6.5m) eventually.

Liverpool’s 23-year-old right-back has provided 43 assists in just 149 league appearances – a rate that puts plenty of widely-heralded playmakers to shame.

More than a support act

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More than a support act

There’s no doubt that the England international is a unique talent deserving of praise but that doesn’t mean Robertson should be underestimated.

Jurgen Klopp would be the first man to stress that Liverpool’s success in recent times owes so much to their full-back partnership – and it is a partnership.

You only have to look at the Reds’ most recent game, a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace, to understand the value of the dual threat posed by Alexander-Arnold and Robertson.

The former may be the leading assist-provider in the league this season but it was the latter who provided the final ball for the visitors’ two first-half goals at Selhurst Park.

Liverpool’s No26 whipped a cross onto Virgil van Dijk’s (£5.9m) head to break the deadlock before picking out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£2.2m) at the back post for the second just after the half-hour mark.

Alexander-Arnold’s delivery is often compared favourably to David Beckham’s or Kevin De Bruyne’s (£6.2m) but isn’t it about time we started naming fabled left-footed creators in the moments after Robertson’s assists?

Already one of the Premier League’s great double acts

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Already one of the Premier League’s great double acts

Scotland’s captain has a different style to his team-mate.

He’s objectively a better runner and dribbler, someone who prefers to get to the byline and pull it back on the floor whereas Alexander-Arnold generally excels from deep, specialising in quarter-back passes and throughballs into the channels – although of course both are effective no matter their approach.

2019/20 appeared to be the pair’s magnum opus.

They combined for 25 assists in the league alone that campaign as Liverpool won their 19th league title, 30 years after the last and their first of the Premier League era.

However, they are on course to better that combined tally this season.

Alexander-Arnold has ten to his name while Robertson jumped to eight after his Star Man display in south London.

And actually, the former has played 20 games to the latter’s 16, so both are averaging an assist every other appearance.

Between them, they need eight more in Liverpool’s remaining 16 league fixtures to break new ground.

Overlooked by Dream Team bosses

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Overlooked by Dream Team bosses

It seems unlikely their creative efforts will result in league title glory this time around given Man City’s imperious form but two terms of 25+ combined assists in three years would cement their status as one of the Premier League’s all-time great double acts.

And as the senior figure at only 27 years old, Robertson has years left in him to build upon his legacy in tandem with Alexander-Arnold.

Dream Team gaffers are also guilty of overlooking Robertson’s attributes – he features in 8.9% of teams compared to TAA’s ownership of 42.6%.

In fairness, the Reds’ homegrown right-back is the outright best asset in his position with 168 points but Robertson is just one point away from joining the 100 Club™ and surely deserves a spike in popularity before Game Week 22?