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Liverpool experienced a noteworthy summer in the transfer market, strategically revamping their midfield to recover from a disappointing 2022/23 season. Falling short of major trophies and finishing outside the top four, they now find themselves in the Europa League, aiming for a swift return to the Champions League in the 2024/25 campaign.
Jurgen Klopp, recognising the need for change, focused on restructuring the midfield, parting ways with Naby Keita, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. This created opportunities for newcomers Dominik Szoboszlai, Alexis Mac Allister, Ryan Gravenberch, and Wataru Endo to vie for positions alongside Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott.
Szoboszlai and Mac Allister, especially, emerged as stellar additions, with the latter proving to be a savvy Premier League performer. Liverpool’s success in acquiring him motivated speculation about another potential coup—Douglas Luiz, a player who has demonstrated his quality in the English top-flight.
Liverpool Transfer-Douglas Luiz
According to TEAMtalk’s report last month, Liverpool are among the clubs keenly interested in securing Luiz’s services in the upcoming January transfer window. Rivals Manchester City and Arsenal, both finishing ahead of Liverpool last season, are also eyeing the talented midfielder to strengthen their squads.
The report suggests that Aston Villa are reluctant to lose Luiz in January, setting a significant price tag of around £80 million. Pep Guardiola, an admirer of Luiz from their time together at City, sees him as a fit for Liverpool’s midfield needs. Although Tottenham Hotspur have previously expressed interest, their current stance remains uncertain.
While the report doesn’t specify Liverpool’s readiness to make an official approach or meet Villa’s financial demands, the prospect of securing Luiz in January could replicate the success Liverpool enjoyed with Mac Allister earlier in the year.
Alexis Mac Allister’s Campaign in Statistics
This summer, the Argentina international joined our team from Brighton & Hove Albion, following a remarkable season for both his club and country in the previous term.
|Mac Allister at 2022 World Cup (via Sofascore)
|Big chances created
|Pass success rate
|Ground duel success rate
As depicted in the above table, Mac Allister played a pivotal role in securing the 2022 World Cup for his team, with Lionel Messi leading them to victory in Qatar.
Despite his significant international success, the central midfielder maintained his top-notch performance for Brighton, participating in 35 Premier League matches and contributing ten goals along with two assists.
Subsequently, Liverpool acquired his talents in a deal that could potentially reach £55m, and the skilled player seamlessly adapted to life at Anfield.
While the 24-year-old maestro has yet to fully showcase his attacking prowess, recording one goal and one assist in the league, he has notably excelled in a defensive role in front of the back four.
Mac Allister’s impressive average of 3.7 tackles and interceptions per game establishes him as a defensive force, leading the squad with 2.4 tackles and sharing the top spot with 1.3 interceptions per match.
These statistics underline the World Cup winner’s excellence as a ball-winner for Liverpool, making 6.6 ball recoveries per game and effectively thwarting opposition attacks.
Although there is room for further development in his attacking contributions, Mac Allister’s seamless transition and stellar performance as a midfielder for Klopp’s team are attributed to his prior Premier League experience and commendable skills.
Douglas Luiz’s Season in Statistics
The Brazilian player has displayed exceptional performance for Aston Villa this season in the English top-flight, potentially mirroring the success of the Argentine talent in 2024.
Currently occupying the fourth position in the division and vying for a spot in the next season’s Champions League, Unai Emery’s team sees Luiz as a crucial component in their well-functioning setup.
In 14 Premier League matches, the 25-year-old has not only attracted attention with his on-field contributions but has also stood out both offensively and defensively in the midfield.
With an impressive tally of five goals and two assists, Luiz has outperformed Liverpool’s midfielders, showcasing his playmaking abilities by creating three ‘big chances’ and averaging 1.2 key passes per game, ranking him fifth among the Reds squad.
Furthermore, his defensive prowess is evident through an average of 2.4 tackles per game, placing him at the top alongside Mac Allister in the Liverpool squad. Additionally, he boasts 6.4 ball recoveries per outing and a formidable 59% duel success rate, emphasizing his resilience in physical contests.
This season’s stellar form builds upon his previous campaign’s success, where he recorded six goals, six assists, and averaged 3.1 tackles and interceptions per match in 37 Premier League appearances for Villa during the 2022/23 season.
As a seasoned top-flight performer, Luiz’s proven track record suggests a seamless transition to English football, making him a potential asset for Liverpool in the upcoming January transfer window, akin to the impact Mac Allister has had.