Liverpool have been run into the ground; after years of Jurgen Klopp’s relentless machine churning away, grinding results, eking every last drop of passion from an immensely talented cluster of players, the unity and cohesion has fallen from the heart of the squad.
The illustrious Merseyside outfit currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League, seven points off fourth-placed Manchester United and leaking goals like a faulty tap, with the recent 3-1 chastening defeat away to Brentford illuminating the issues the club are beset with.
Since the 2018/19 season, Thiago Alcantara is the one senior central midfield signing to have bolstered Liverpool’s ranks, illustrating an inscrutable approach to the transfer field, with the likes of Gini Wijnaldum, integral in the robust pivot role under Klopp, failing to be aptly replaced.
Thiago, for all of his supreme ball-playing excellence, is not a box-to-box midfielder, and such a signing is of paramount importance to the future success of this Liverpool team.
They are now in serious danger of missing out on a crucial Champions League place for the first time in six seasons, when Klopp assumed the role of head coach at the weathered and withered team and breathed fresh life that preceded an abundance of major honours, including the Premier League and the Champions League.
While Jude Bellingham is the most prominent name touted to join the Reds at some point in 2023, it is perhaps the shrewder approach in targeting Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Alexis Mac Allister that would bear fruit as Klopp and his team look to steady the ship.
Signing for the Seagulls in 2019 from homeland outfit Argentinos Juniors, Mac Allister has since gone from strength to strength, playing an integral role in the side’s ascension as a Premier League outfit capable of competing for a spot in a coveted European position.
His influence this season has been immense, scoring five goals from 15 appearances in the league from his dynamic role within the team; this is a discernible increase in efficiency from last year, when he forged five goals and two assists from 35 appearances in the English top-flight.
As per Whoscored, the 23-year-old has recorded a passing accuracy of 80% or higher in every competition since the 2020/21 season, indicating an assured aura that will be a definitive element piquing Klopp’s interest at present; Wijnaldum, however, has not dropped below 84% since initially arriving in England with Newcastle United.
Wijnaldum signed for the Reds for £25m from the Magpies in 2016 and much like that of the Dutchman, whose ubiquity and tireless attitude at the club has been sorely missed ever since his departure to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in 2021, the Seagulls ace could indeed pave the foundation for a career of stability and style under the Anfield lights.
The Argentine’s excellent Sofascore rating of 7.27 in the league is a testament to his diligence and incremental gains made at Albion, and it is no coincidence that his growth lays parallel with his teams, with his seasonal heat map also illustrating the intense work rate that will suit Liverpool’s German boss to a tee.
Mac Allister could truly emerge as Liverpool’s “golden boy” – a turn of phrase used by Ryan Adsett – having already tasted gilt-edged success in the form of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the £44m-rated maestro placing a brilliant assist for Angel Di Maria’s opener during the historic finale.
A once imperious outfit looks bereft of power after several high-octane years, not quite battered, but certainly in need of fortification, and Mac Allister could be the battery to charge an ascension right back to the top.