Alexis Mac Allister has reacted to the news that Liverpool will face Royale Union Saint-Gilloise in the Europa League this season.
In many ways, it was the draw Alexis had been hoping for. It pits he and his brother Kevin against each other in their respective first seasons playing in continental European competition. They’ll face off at Anfield on October 5th.
Understandably, the news has prompted a public reaction from both Alexis and Kevin. Taking to Twitter yesterday, the older of the Mac Allister boys posted a touching message to Liverpool’s No.10.
“I told you yesterday!! Beyond the result, the experience of facing each other in one of the most beautiful soccer venues will be very special and will last a lifetime. See you soon bro,” said the 25-year-old.
But although Alexis responded in kind, the World Cup winner’s reply also showed his competitive spirit.
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“Undoubtedly, it will be a special match for us and our family… but get ready on the pitch,” wrote Alexis, with – of all things – a knife emoji, followed by a punch and a crying with laughter face.
Go easy on him, Macca!
Mac Allister family affair
Liverpool fans won’t have been looking forward to yesterday’s Europa League draw for a number of reasons.
But when all is said and done, they’ll likely be pretty happy with what’s transpired.
Yes, it might have been nice to face one of the bigger sides in the draw. The Reds could have been drawn with the likes of Marseille or Real Betis, and that would have been a decent imitation of a Champions League game, perhaps.
As it is, none of Saint-Gilloise, Toulouse and LASK could realistically be portrayed as being of that calibre.
Nevertheless, there’s reasons for optimism for Liverpool fans. Trips to Austria, Belgium and France are much more manageable than some of the alternatives that were on offer.
That means that the Thursday night trips won’t be quite as punishing for their Premier League schedule.
As for the Mac Allister family affair, that’s all set to be a terrific evening at Anfield. You’d imagine Kevin will get a good reception. Liverpool are of course looking for new centre-backs, and he can play full-back too. Put in a good display and, who knows, maybe he and Alexis could play at the stadium together again…