What is the record for assists in one Premier League game?
Mohamed Salah selflessly teed up his team mates for two assists in Liverpool’s comeback at Molineux. But who holds the record?
Generally, Mohamed Salah is more accustomed to scoring goals rather than creating them but this afternoon, the Egyptian almost finished with three assists in Liverpool’s comeback win against Wolves at Molineux. Jürgen Klopp’s men were trailing by the sixth minute but bounced back in the second half with three goals and Salah had a hand in all three. First he squared to Cody Gakpo, leaving the Dutchman the simplest of tap-ins; then he picked out Andy Robertson with a weighted, outside-of-the-boot pass on 84 minutes then crowned off the afternoon by laying the ball off to Harvey Elliot to rifle home in stoppage-time. Unfortunately for Salah, his last assist was chalked off as the ball was judged to have taken a deflection off Hugo Bueno.
Mo the provider
Before today, Salah had dished out two assists in three games for club and country but never three in one match. He set up Gakpo and Firmino in the 7-0 win over Man United last season, and set Firmino on his way to a brace in the 5-2 Champions League semi-final victory against Roma at Anfield in April 2018. With Egypt, he fed Marwan Mohsen and Salah Mohsen for their goals in the 6-0 Africa Cup of Nations win against Niger in 2018.
Trent Alexander-Arnold holds the club record for the most assists in one Premier League game - the right-back was behind three of the team’s goals in the 5-0 demolition of Watford in February 2019.
Who holds the Premier League record?
Eight players have finished with four assists in the same game. Dennis Bergkamp was the first player to achieve the feat. In February 1999, Bergkamp set Nicolas Anelka on his way to a hat trick with two assists and disbursed a couple more for Ray Parlour as Arsenal put five past Leicester at Highbury.
Curiously, the next two players to do it were also Arsenal players. José Antonio Reyes didn’t get on the scoresheet himself when the Gunners thrashed Middlesbrough 7-0 in January 2006, but he did unselfishly play in Thierry Henry (2), Philippe Senderos and Aliaksandr Hleb in another memorable goal fest.
Another Spanish Gunner joined the Premier League’s top assist men in October 2009. Cesc Fàbregas became the first player with four assists to four different players in the same match. His team mates Thomas Vermaelen, Robin van Persie, Andrey Arshavin and Theo Walcott were the beneficiaries of Cesc’s generosity in the 6-2 victory over Blackburn.
When Tottenham thumped Newcastle 5-0 at home in February 2012, Emmanuel Adebayor played a part in every single one of the goals. He supplied the passes for Benoît Assou-Ekotto, Louis Saha - making his home debut (2) and Niko Kranjcar before getting on the scoresheet himself - Saha turning provider, nodding into Adebayor’s path to volley in the fifth.
Santi Cazorla became the third of Arsenal’s Spanish players to make it into the podium with a variety of assists: a corner, header, seeping passing and precision through-ball which Lukas Podolski (2), Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey finished off in the 5-1 win over Wigan Athletic in May 2013.
A couple of seasons later Dusan Tadic became the sixth player to rack up four Premier League assists in one match. Just over half of the eight goals which Southampton fired past Sunderland in October 2014 were a direct result of the Serbian’s vision and judgement. After playing in Jack Cork and Graziano Pellè, Tadic claimed his first Premier League from 25 yards out, then was back setting up his team mates - first laying off to Wanyama then Sadio Mané for his first goal for the Saints.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min were a nightmare for Southampton in the September 2020 meeting at St.Mary’s. Kane provided the assists for all four of Son’s goals then got involved in the festivities himself with a late strike in the 2-5 win.
The most recent player to join the Prem’s elite assist club was Paul Pogba. Manchester United ran out 5-1 winners against Leeds United in August 2021. The Frenchman played in Bruno Fernandes to slot in the opener then released the Portuguese international for United’s second of the afternoon. Fred and Mason Greenwood rounded off the scoring, courtesy of Pogba.