In a match that saw Liverpool secure a 3-1 victory over Wolves, Alexis Mac Allister found himself at the center of criticism. The attacking midfielder, who was deployed in a defensive role, had a challenging first half, contributing to Liverpool falling behind 1-0.
The decision to replace Mac Allister at halftime with Luis Diaz did not come as a shock, given his underwhelming performance. Arsenal legend Martin Keown didn’t hold back, stating, “Another mistake from Mac Allister. You didn’t see him do this in a Brighton jersey. These are the basics.”
Keown questioned Mac Allister’s suitability for the defensive role, suggesting he might be more effective in an advanced midfield position. Liverpool attempted to push the play through the midfield, where Wolves had compacted their defense, but Mac Allister struggled to make an impact.
Mac Allister was one of Klopp’s summer midfield signings, alongside Dominik Szoboszlai, Ryan Gravenberch, and Wataru Endo. While Endo is the only specialist defensive midfielder among them, Mac Allister has often been tasked with that role so far.
Despite Mac Allister’s subpar performance, Liverpool managed to turn the game around and secure the win. Klopp’s decision to replace him highlighted the manager’s commitment to making necessary tactical adjustments for success