Midfield Mastery: Liverpool’s Tactical Conundrum
The Heartbeat of Liverpool’s Midfield
In the world of football, a team’s heartbeat lies in its midfield – a fact Liverpool know all too well. Success will usually lie on the form of a number six too. If you can’t have a Rodri, you go for a Caicedo and if that doesn’t pay off maybe a Kamara or weirder if rumours are to be believed.
As we delve into the statistics and performances of Wataru Endo and Alexis Mac Allister though, it becomes evident that Liverpool’s search for a ‘new six’ could be influenced by their current form. This doesn’t look the certainty we once thought it was.
Alexis Mac Allister’s Standout Performance
Alexis Mac Allister’s display against Bournemouth was a personal club best and has set the benchmark for midfield excellence at Liverpool. Not only did he orchestrate the tempo, but his statistical contribution was unparalleled – making the most recoveries (14) and winning the joint-most duels (12) in any Liverpool FC match this season. His ability to create chances was equally impressive, crafting four opportunities for his teammates – the highest in this game alone.
🇦🇷 Alexis Mac Allister with a sublime performance today.
He made most recoveries any #LFC player has made in a single game this season (14).
Also created the most chances (4) and won the joint most duels (12) on the pitch.
— AnfieldIndex (@AnfieldIndex) January 21, 2024
Wataru Endo’s Consistent Impact
We shouldn’t switch the focus away from Wataru Endo either. His season at a glance reveals a player who started slowly but with a knack for consistency now he’s got his chance. In the 23/24 season, his influence in various competitions is notable. With 25 appearances across all tournaments, including the Premier League and the Europa League, he’s made his presence felt. A goal contribution in both leagues, coupled with a commendable tally of yellow cards, indicates a player who balances aggression with tactical awareness. More importantly, his December felt like the month he got up to pace with everything that was being asked of him and more.
Summer Transfer Speculation
As the summer transfer window approaches, the question arises – does Liverpool need to invest in a new number six? The compelling performances of both Endo and Mac Allister adds to the idea that the Reds might already have the resources they need. Mac Allister’s latest game, being his best for Liverpool and Endo’s recent rise would surely rival anything that a new name could bring. It’s never that simple though and the summer chases of Caicedo and Lavia proved the club were looking for their typical younger option. It’s hard to be certain here either way.
Decision For Summer
The performances of Wataru Endo and Alexis Mac Allister present a pleasant dilemma for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool though. Their stats and influence on the pitch exemplify the kind of midfield prowess that Liverpool values. A destroyer may not be what the transfer committee now priorities and with the likes of Thiago and Matip set to depart, there maybe other areas that are focused upon. Nothings certain either way here, but the fact we’re even saying that is positive. Don’t be surprised if there’s no new six this summer.