Alexis Mac Allister: Liverpool’s Midfield Maestro
Mac Allister: Liverpool’s Unsung Hero in the Pivot Role
In the heart of Liverpool’s midfield, there’s been an Argentinian revelation. Alexis Mac Allister, typically known for his attacking prowess, has been redefining the role of a number six at Anfield. With the team’s tactical reshuffle necessitated by the absence of Endo and his adaptation, plus the injury to Bajcetic, Mac Allister has emerged not just as a stop-gap solution, but as a formidable presence in a position that seemed a real issue. It’ll be interesting to see what Klopp does when everyone is back.
Mac Allister’s Metamorphosis
Mac Allister’s transition to a deeper role in the midfield has been seamless. His long-range strike against Fulham – a goal that won Liverpool’s Goal of the Month for December – is just the tip of the iceberg. if you look at his stats they reveal a player who’s adapted to the defensive responsibilities of the role, boasting a pass completion rate that rivals the league’s best. Compared to Manchester City’s Rodri and Aston Villa’s Kamara, Mac Allister has showcased a commendable balance of defensive grit and creative spark. His 90% medium pass completion rate and his shot-creating actions per 90 minutes stand at 3.45, painting the picture of a midfielder who ensures the ball moves effectively while still posing a threat to the opposition’s goal.
Navigating the Pivot with Precision
What sets Mac Allister apart is his ability to read the game. His defensive actions, especially his interceptions and blocks, are impressive, sitting at the higher end of the percentile when stacked against midfielders from the big five leagues. His possession stats are equally noteworthy, with a touch in the attacking penalty area every game, signaling his continued offensive intent despite his deeper role. It wasn’t always plain sailing and he was singled out unfairly against Luton for the opening goal. That pass for Jota the other night was something else though.
If you stack Mac Allister’s figures against Rodri and (the two best in the league for me), the narrative becomes even more compelling. With a higher percentage of successful take-ons and more progressive passes per 90 than Rodri, and a better pass completion percentage than Kamara, it’s evident that Liverpool’s makeshift number six is more than holding his own. He doesn’t offer everything they do, but he’s as crucial as ever for Jurgen Klopp.
The Engine Room’s New Conductor
As Liverpool navigate through a season fraught with challenges, Mac Allister’s role has become integral. With Bajcetic injured and Endo away, the team’s reliance on Mac Allister’s versatility and newfound defensive acumen has intensified. He is the key cog in a Liverpool side that’s transitioning and adapting, the player who’s stepping up when it matters the most. We’re going to need him to shine more than ever if this season is to be successful.