Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Alexis Mac Allister looks set to join Premier League champions Liverpool after being granted permission to undergo a medical. This move was reported by ESPN on Monday, with the 24-year-old Argentinian expected to link up with his national side ahead of a friendly fixture against Australia in China on June 15th.
Given that Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all recently left Anfield due to their expiring contracts, Liverpool have identified the recruitment of at least two midfielders as their primary goal for this upcoming transfer window. With Mac Allister’s signature looking almost certain at this stage, it would seem they are already making progress towards achieving this goal.
Formerly a River Plate youth product, Mac Allister is an attacking midfielder who has been familiar to English audiences since he joined Brighton in January 2020 for a reported fee of around £20 million. In his debut season in England, he made 21 appearances across all competitions for the Seagulls and scored four goals – one of which came in the FA Cup third round against Sheffield Wednesday and another coming against Manchester United in the Premier League earlier this year.
Mac Allister is expected to bring some much needed energy into Jurgen Klopp’s midfield setup next season. The 24 year-old’s technical ability is well renowned – alongside his impressive passing range – while his versatility as a player will allow him to slot into any position across the middle of the park if called upon. His presence could be key next season if Klopp decides to rotate his squad more often than ever before thanks to the congested fixture list caused by next season’s delayed Euro 2020 tournament.
This potential move is also reflective of Liverpool’s ambition over recent seasons to sign young and talented players from abroad with potential resale value in order to maximize their return on investment when selling them down the line. With Mac Allister already having experience playing top-flight football in Argentina, Spain and now England, should he impress at Anfield his market value could shoot through the roof over time; making it a shrewd piece of business from both parties involved should it come off.
The transfer could officially be announced soon once Brussels approve waived paperwork related to Brexit regulations that prevent non-EU players from being signed without special dispensation outside of specified periods during each transfer window; but whatever happens, one thing’s for sure: Liverpool fans will be hoping that there’s soon someone wearing their iconic red jersey who can match Mac Allister’s ambitious playstyle on the pitch. If you are interested in Liverpool jerseys 2023-24 and other peripherals, you can find out more by clicking here.