Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne has equaled Steven Gerrard’s assist record in the Premier League after scoring two of the goals in his side’s three-zero defeat by Wolves on Saturday.
The Belgian teamed up with Jack Grealish to help City score after just 55 seconds and put them under control during their Premier League win that sent them top of the table.
City’s talisman then secured his 92nd league assist with a perfectly executed cross when Phil Foden slid the ball past a helpless José Sá.
De Bruyne has started the new season in impressive form. After seven games, he topped the Premier League assists table, registering six assists, twice as many as second-placed Roberto Firmino.
The 31-year-old moved deeper into the top-flight record books by matching Gerrard’s assist count, but surprisingly less in 287 games, with the Liverpool legend needing 504 games to match that number.
Grealish, team-mate and opening goalscorer, revealed he teased De Bruyne for not scoring enough goals before their trip to Molineux.
Speak with bt sports At full-time, the Englishman said: “I always have a laugh with Kev and tell him to help me.
I said, ‘Come on, you’re supposed to be the best assistant in the world!’ Luckily he came up to me today and said, ‘Here we go’.”
The Man City midfield maestro may have enjoyed a sensational career in England, but he still trails top assist record holder Ryan Giggs, who netted 162 goals during his time at Manchester United.
The other top spots are occupied by ex-England and Man United captain Wayne Rooney (103 assists), Everton manager Frank Lampard (102) and Arsenal hero Dennis Bergkamp (94).
De Bruyne could overtake Begkamp when City welcome cross-city rivals Man United to the Etihad on October 2, while Erik ten Hag’s side are looking to clinch another top-six title at the start of the new season.