It was believed the Liverpool centre-half had lost his impressive record when Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus accelerated past him during the Community Shield, but following clarification from the Football Association, the annual Wembley match is not a competitive game.
An FA spokesperson confirmed the fixture was classified as a ‘second grade’ game, therefore no stats count towards official totals.
Ironically, the Community Shield was declassified as a competitive fixture five years ago, meaning no goals count in any of their statistics, nor do booking or red cards.
It also meant a reprieve for Pep Guardiola, who received a booking for his touchline protests during his side’s penalty-shoot out win over the Reds.
Many presumed the Spaniard would be the first boss to be sanctioned under a new system following the caution.
The latest rules that have come into effect in the Premier League this season will see managers and coaches shown yellow or red cards by top-flight referees if they breach misconduct rules.
Should particular incidents be deemed serious enough for further punishment, touchline bans could also be handed out.