Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Alexis Mac Allister is expected to leave the Amex for Anfield in the coming days, as he closes in on a big-money transfer to Liverpool.
The 24-year-old will end a successful stint on the South Coast to join Jurgen Klopp’s side on a five-year deal, as the Reds’ summer midfield overhaul begins with the shrewd acquisition of a World Cup-winning lynchpin.
Mac Allister is anticipated to put pen to paper on a five-year contract with Liverpool, whose ailing midfield has been depleted by the departures of Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner, but a new dimension will be brought to their engine room with Mac Allister in the starting XI.
Here, Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Liverpool could line up with Mac Allister.
Frequently displaying his versatility at Brighton as a number six, number eight or number 10, Mac Allister would likely be named on the left of Liverpool’s midfield trident when the team sheets arrive.
However, as Liverpool build up their attacks, Trent Alexander-Arnold would tuck into the midfield position where he thrived in the final stages of the 2022-23 season, allowing Mac Allister to flaunt his creative excellence further up the field.
Klopp also has the option of deploying Mac Allister in a double pivot or in an attacking midfield role in a 4-2-3-1 formation, where Fabinho would likely be a nailed-on starter alongside him in both scenarios.
A standard 4-3-3 shape should allow Jordan Henderson to join Fabinho and Mac Allister on the right side of the engine room, as the injury-plagued Thiago Alcantara will often be utilised on the left when fit.
Mac Allister’s arrival could therefore signal a changing of the guard ahead of Thiago’s contract expiration next summer, but who he will be feeding in the Reds’ attack is anybody’s guess right now.
Mohamed Salah continues to hold the fort on the right, while Luis Diaz has waltzed back into the team at left-wing since recovering from knee surgery, leaving Cody Gakpo, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez to fight for the final attacking spot – a battle that the former may win for now.
As well as Klopp’s non-negotiable counter-pressing, Mac Allister would also be required to help Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Alexander-Arnold and Alisson Becker at the back, as Liverpool prepare for the 2023-24 season with an unchanged rearguard.
Father of Alexis Mac Allister warns Liverpool over son’s future transfer plan
Alexis Mac Allister may already have his eye on a future move amid a likely transfer to Liverpool this summer.
Alexis Mac Allister’s father has already issued a strong hint over his son’s future amid an imminent move to Liverpool.
Liverpool are closing in on the World Cup winner, expected to strike a deal within the next week, according to reports. The Reds were always going to revamp their midfield this summer, and it seems they will start with Mac Allister, who has been excellent for Brighton and Argentina in recent times.
The 24-year-old is said to have a release clause worth between £45million and £55million, and Liverpool are looking to capitalize on it.
Mac Allister has 12 goals in all competitions this season, and Liverpool are in need of a player who can create so much from midfield, be it through goals or assists. The Argentine will provide that if his form over recent seasons is anything to go by, but he may already have a vision beyond his time at Liverpool – presuming the transfer does go through.
According to his father, Carlos Mac Allister, Alexis is likely to return to Boca Juniors – the club he represented on loan during the 2019/20 season – at some point.
Mac Allister senior told Tiempo Sur in April: “I am sure that Alexis will return to Boca at some point. He has only recently started his career in Europe, but when he decides to return to Argentina, I am sure he will want to play for Boca. Although it won’t be for a while to finish by thanking them and showing the level that a club of that nature in Argentina can have.”
Normally, that move back to Argentina will likely come late in the midfielder’s career, and especially given Mac Allister will get a lengthy contract at Liverpool should he sign for the club.