EXPLAINED: Why Alexis Mac Allister chose iconic number 10 after completing Liverpool move

Alexis Mac Allister recently completed a move to Liverpool from Brighton & Hove Albion for €35 million. The midfielder, who contributed immensely to Argentina winning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, will wear the No.10 shirt in his new club.

Mac Allister comes in as a highly touted player. His performances in the Premier League attracted interest from top clubs. However, he will write the next chapter of his career at Merseyside.

Speaking about his decision to choose the iconic number 10 shirt, Mac Allister said (via the Reds’ official website):

“No, not really. I know how important the No.10 is in football. I had the possibility to take the No.8 as well, which is a big number for this club because of [Steven] Gerrard, of course. But I went for No.10 because I used it a lot in my country, in Brighton, U23s national team as well. It’s a number that I really like and that’s why I chose it.”

EXPLAINED: Why Alexis Mac Allister chose iconic number 10 after completing Liverpool move

The likes of Sadio Mane, Phillipe Coutinho, and Michael Owen have previously donned the No.10 jersey for the Reds.

Liverpool, meanwhile, bid farewell to players like James Milner and Naby Keita. Arthur Melo also returns to Juventus upon the expiration of his loan spell. Hence, midfield reinforcement is much needed for the Reds.

Mac Allister, 24, could be a massive addition to the team given his quality and his Premier League experience. He was a crucial player for Brighton during the 2022-23 season. He netted 12 goals and provided three assists in 40 games across all competitions.

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Alexis Mac Allister spoke about playing at Anfield for Liverpool

Liverpool’s home stadium Anfield is one of the most iconic arenas in the world of football. The atmosphere inside the ground is amazing, the reason it’s called red fortress.

Alexis Mac Allister has previously played in the stadium but as a Brighton player. Playing at the stadium as a Red is a dream scenario for anybody. Mac Allister was asked what it would mean for him and he responded:

“Well, I have to say that I’ve got very good memories at Anfield – but I think the ones coming will be even better. I played for Boca Juniors and I feel like Liverpool is that kind of team where the fans are supporting the whole game. I’m really looking forward to playing in front of our fans and showing what we are capable of.”

Mac Allister, though, will be missing out on the UEFA Champions League in his first season as a Red. Rather, he will be participating in the Europa League as Jurgen Klopp’s boys finished fifth in the Premier League table.

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