Latest Liverpool FC news as Newsnow Liverpool suggests Jurgen Klop may have found his number six who can fill the void left by former player Fabinho, in 24-year-old player.
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It will please Jürgen Klopp to know that one Liverpool problem has been resolved as there seemed to be a space left by Fabinho, but it has been filled.
Rarely do a player’s development and growth follow a straight line. There will always be setbacks, and they could improve in one area while declining in another.
Liverpool May Have Found Thier Number 6 in Alexis Mac Allister
If they transfer, there may be a league-wide and team-specific shift in style to take into account. This may be observed with regard to a specific measure for Alexis Mac Allister, the Argentine midfielder who might soon be the the solution to Liverpool’s major problem.
The aforementioned is supported by his track record in ground duels. The measure combines dribbles, fouls, and tackles—all of which may result in a win or a loss—to provide an idea of how a player performs while facing off against an opponent on the deck.
Mac Allister won 53% of the ground duels he engaged in during his last full season with Boca Juniors in his native country, according to Sofascore. It was not surprising that he had a nine percent decline during his first full Premier League season with Brighton as he got used to playing in England. It’s not like the sport is less or more violent in Argentina necessarily, but the refereeing is obviously different and that matters a lot in duels with almost 50% more yellow cards being given out every game.
By his second season with the Seagulls (2021/22), Mac Allister had recovered to his 53% ground duel victory record from his time at Boca Raton, and he had increased it once more to 57 last season. The 24-year-old’s Liverpool time has barely lasted four games, and despite an erroneous red card that reduced his playing time, he has won 58% of his ground battles for his new team.
He ranks 12th in the early Premier League rankings with a total of 22 wins. Mac Allister is rated fifth if just considering midfielders, which is important since wide attackers who like to dribble and the full-backs they face tend to dominate ground duel statistics. All but two of the guys above him have played more minutes than Mac Allister.
While no one underlying measure can accurately predict a football team’s success or failure, winning ground duels has been connected with Liverpool having a successful season over the last five years. The Reds had a chance to contend for or win the league championship when they won at least 49% of their tackles, fouls, and dribbles; when they fell short of that level, they had to fight to finish in the top four. Even if correlation does not always imply causation, it seems sense that a team that does well in its duels would probably succeed.
It has been uncommon for a Liverpool midfielder to reach or surpass Mac Allister’s ground duel victory rate, even in the golden years. Adam Lallana achieved this in 2018–19, Naby Keta did it in the title-winning season, and Thiago Alcântara did so last season, recording an incredible 62.7 percent hit rate.
The Argentine midfielder for Liverpool might surpass their aggregate total of 2,562 minutes this season alone, although none of those three played more than 1,261 minutes in each of their individual seasons. Only Fabinho’s 2020/21 efforts were similar in terms of success and playing time, but even then, he spent more than half of his time providing center-back cover; in contrast to Mac Allister, who has attempted 11 ground duels per 90 minutes this season, Fabinho’s Brazilian predecessor averaged 5.6 ground duels per 90 minutes three seasons before.
It remains to be seen whether the former Brighton player can keep up the volume and victory rate. In his last two seasons with the Seagulls, Mac Allister averaged 9.6 ground duels per 90, winning 55% of them. But if he can show that development is linear in his case, Jürgen Klopp will consider him to be worth his weight in gold since he may have found a solution to his defensive midfield conundrum. Even if he is not clearly in the Fabinho mold, he may possess all the necessary traits to basically become the number six.
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