Martin Keown, a TalkSPORT analyst, alleged that Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, is not positioning Alexis MacAllister properly.
The Reds are off to a fantastic start in the new year. They have not lost a game and are currently ranked second in the Premier League, just a few points behind Manchester City. Although recent acquisition Mac Allister has performed well, Keown is unsure of his exact position at Liverpool.
In the summer, Liverpool acquired Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton & Hove Albion for an initial fee of £35 million (BBC).
The World Cup champion from Argentina is a great athlete. He possesses excellent ball control, the ability to score goals and create chances, and the remarkable ability to enter the box late and cause havoc.
Mac Allister, though, has been used by Jurgen Klopp in a deeper role at Liverpool than normal, and while he hasn’t exactly performed poorly, Keown believes he would be far better if he played higher up the pitch.
The former Arsenal player claims that in his current capacity, Mac Allister loses the ball far too frequently.
According to HITC, Keown stated on talkSPORT on September 29 at 10:00 am: “I think (Mac Allister) is a wonderful player. He may not be acting the correct part, though, in my opinion.
As amazing as he is, he is losing the ball there (number six) too frequently.
Today, he may play a different position.
This evening’s Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will require the Reds to play at the top of their game to win all three points.
James Maddison has been one of Spurs’ top performers as they have made a fantastic start to the new season. Before today’s game, Jamie Carragher even stated that the midfielder is making him nervous.
Even though Mac Allister won’t be run over by Maddison if he plays at number six, it could be preferable to use Ryan Gravenberch or Wataru Endo in that position.
We predict that Klopp will start Gravenberch, Mac Allister, and Dominik Szoboszlai in a midfield three today, with the Dutchman occupying the deeper position.