Milner equals Champions League assists record

Assists king: James Milner ©Getty Images

James Milner has equalled the record for assists in a UEFA Champions League campaign after notching up his eighth in only seven outings in the competition for Liverpool this season.

Milner laid on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Liverpool's second goal against Manchester City to match a record held by Wayne Rooney and Neymar under the current format introduced for 2003/04.

Remarkably, the versatile England man reached the landmark after being on the pitch for only 452 minutes in the competition this term. That means that at the time of equalling the record he was averaging an assist every 57 minutes compared to Rooney's one every 96 minutes in 2013/14 and Neymar's one every 100 minutes for Barcelona last season.

Milner could have four more matches to take the record himself ... if Liverpool reach the Kyiv final.

Most assists

8= Wayne Rooney (Man. United), 765mins, 2013/14
Neymar (Barcelona), 797mins, 2016/17
8= James Milner (Liverpool), 452mins, 2017/18
7= Ryan Giggs (Man. United), 605mins, 2006/07
7= Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris Saint-Germain), 793mins, 2012/13
7= Xavi Hernández (Barcelona), 971mins, 2008/09