Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Alexis Mac Allister struggled in the opening half against Wolves as Liverpool looked out of sorts in the first 45 minutes.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Anfield boss signalled out the 24-year-old midfielder as Liverpool went into halftime against Wolves 1-0 down, with the Reds coming out after the restart to win 3-1.

Mohamed Salah was key to the turnaround as the winger assisted twice for Cody Gakpo and Andy Robertson, with Mac Allister being hooked off at halftime for Luis Diaz.

Mac Allister Liverpool
Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The aggressive change worked as the more-attack-minded Liverpool dominated Wolves in the second half, with the switch potentially putting questions over Mac Allister’s place in the starting XI.

And Klopp is seemingly aware of this, with the Liverpool boss saying: “The good thing about the first half is that it was so bad I knew we couldn’t play the second half like that.

“Low energy levels, Macca (Alexis Mac Allister) and others struggled as well. We changed pretty much everything about the game at half-time.”

Klopp has to consider Mac Allister’s role in Liverpool’s XI

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool FC - Premier League
Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images

It isn’t the first time Mac Allister’s performances for Liverpool have come under question, and Klopp could now be considering the Argentine international’s place in the starting XI.

Having been sent off against AFC Bournemouth last month, Mac Allister’s first few games with Liverpool have hardly gone to plan, with being hooked off at halftime against Wolves another low point.

Yet there is clearly a plan in place for Mac Allister, and Klopp will need to give the midfielder time if the 24-year-old South American is to find his best role in Liverpool’s system.

Related Topics