When Liverpool embarked on their midfield rebuild last summer, many expected a more established defensive option to arrive to replace departing six Fabinho.
That never really happened, though, with most of the focus on more attacking players in Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Ryan Gravenberch. And while Wataru Endo eventually did arrive, it has been Mac Allister most often playing the six so far this season.
“I feel like a team player, willing to take any role that Klopp asks me to,” Mac Allister noted of his role in a recent interview. “First he saw me as a right midfielder, but then I started playing as a [six] and that has benefited me a lot.”
Mac Allister has previously spoken of enjoying a deeper role, one that allows him to see more of the field and dictate play, and while some still call out for a destroyer it’s clear Klopp values what he brings to the role.
After a difficult 2022-23 season, the signs are Liverpool are back to their best and capable of challenging Manchester near the top of the table.
A lot of that is thanks to the quick adaption of their new midfielders—including Mac Allister—to a new team, and just as he says he’s comfortable in any role Klopp chooses to play him in, he says he’s feeling very comfortable more generally in his new home.
“Liverpool’s anthem is the most beautiful thing about Anfield,” he added. “It was beautiful to hear it for the first time. It was an unforgettable moment.
“And when you go to ground to tackle for a ball at Anfield, it’s like being on [former club] Boca [Junior]’s field. In those moments when the team needs us to push and to move forward, the fans are always there.”