Alexis Mac Allister was right at the heart of the action for Liverpool during tonight’s friendly with Darmstadt.

Mac Allister started in the number 6 position for the Reds, as they continue without a specialist in the role. Despite a slightly nervy looking start, the Argentine quickly grew into the game.

Having ended the first half as probably Liverpool’s outstanding player, LFCTV pundit Gary Gillespie said Mac Allister had been a key man at Deepdale.

Alexis Mac Allister

“That man there has been at the very heart of things,” said the former Reds player as Liverpool’s No.10 flashed up on screen.

“It’ll be interesting to see how it develops throughout the course of the season. We haven’t really seen Trent [Alexander-Arnold] move into that midfield position all that much in the first 45 minutes, mainly because Mac Allister had so much possession himself.”

Mac Allister stands out at Deepdale

As the team sheets were revealed ahead of this evening’s game, it quickly became clear that Mac Allister would be the latest to trial in the No.6 position.

Liverpool are still yet to find a breakthrough with Southampton for Romeo Lavia. As a result, they’ll surely head into this weekend’s game with Chelsea without a recognised defensive midfielder.

Curtis Jones has been the man tasked with filling the role recently. However, with a knock side-lining the 22-year-old this evening, Mac Allister was given the nod.

Alexis Mac Allister
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Some may disagree, but we thought the former Brighton man was far superior to what Jones has offered so far.

Tidy, clever in possession and surprisingly physical, Mac Allister was indeed right at the heart of everything this evening.

It was telling that when Jurgen Klopp made a glut of changes on the hour mark, the Argentina international stayed on.

We’ve seen him in a number of different positions this pre-season. But, whisper it quietly, he may have looked the best here tonight. Of course, we hope Lavia will be brought in. In the meantime though, Mac Allister showed that Liverpool fans don’t have to worry too much.

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