Martin Keown claims that Jurgen Klopp is utilising the £35 million Liverpool star in the wrong position.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, according to TalkSPORT pundit Martin Keown, is not deploying Alexis MacAllister in the right place.
The Reds have made a fantastic start to the season. They are unbeaten and sit second in the Premier League table, two points behind Manchester City. New addition Mac Allister has performed admirably, although Keown is unsure about his current role at Liverpool.
Martin Keown believes Jurgen Klopp is playing Alexis MacAllister in the incorrect position for Liverpool.
Liverpool signed Alexis MacAllister from Brighton & Hove Albion for an initial cost of £35 million in the summer (BBC).
The World Cup winner from Argentina is a tremendous player. He’s good on the ball, can score goals and create chances, and he has a fantastic ability to get late into the box and cause difficulties for the opposition.
However, at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has used Mac Allister in a deeper place than normal, and while he hasn’t been bad, Keown believes he would be far better if he played higher up the pitch.
According to the Arsenal veteran, Mac Allister loses the ball far too often in his current role.
According to HITC, Keown stated on talkSPORT (29 September, 10:00 a.m.): “I think (Mac Allister) is a great player.” But I’m not sure he’s in the correct role.
“As wonderful as he is, he is losing the ball too much in that (number six) area.”
Today, he may play in a different position.
Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this evening, and the Reds will have to be at their best to get all three points. Tottenham have had a great start to the season, and James Maddison has been one of their best players, with Jamie Carragher even admitting that he’s scared of the midfielder ahead of the game today.
Klopp is expected to use a midfield three of Gravenberch, Mac Allister, and Dominik Szoboszlai today, with the Dutchman playing the deeper role.