Jürgen Klopp successor should already have six untouchables as Liverpool ace elevated

Jürgen Klopp and Alexis Mac Allister after Liverpool drew with Manchester United in the Premier League.
Jürgen Klopp and Alexis Mac Allister after Liverpool drew with Manchester United in the Premier League. -Credit:Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

When the time comes for the Premier League Player of the Year awards to be dished out, the eventual winner of the title race will likely be represented. Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City stars should all be in the running, but there is no obvious candidate.

Sure, Phil Foden has had a remarkable season, but Alexis Mac Allister has for Liverpool and Martin Ødegaard for Arsenal too. It should essentially come down to that trio of options, and whichever player wins the Premier League is likely to have the edge.

Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker and Mohamed Salah would all have been in the conversation had they not either been injured for long spells or less effective than last year, and maybe Virgil van Dijk and Declan Rice should come into it as well. Usually, though, a more attack-minded player wins the gong.

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What is the case for Mac Allister? In two midfield positions, he has been excellent for Liverpool this season. The Argentine has clearly settled into life at Anfield better than anyone else the Reds signed in 2023.

Mac Allister has controlled things for Liverpool and completely transformed the center of the field. Fabinho and Jordan Henderson looked jaded last season and both moved on, but the Moisés Caicedo and Roméo Lavia sagas left a question mark in the eyes of many about where Liverpool would end up.

Months later, Mac Allister has become the complete midfielder. The 24-year-old has become a destructive presence at the base of Jürgen Klopp's midfield at Anfield and has a creative flair that few can match. His unlikely robustness is akin to that of Luka Modrić, who was another player to have the perfect blend of class and strength.

For just $43m (£35m/€41m), Mac Allister was the bargain of the summer. And whoever takes over from Klopp at Liverpool will have one player nailed down in their starting XI without even thinking. Alongside Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah, Mac Allister is another untouchable when everyone is fit.

Liverpool.com says: Foden has been brilliant and Ødegaard is delightful, but if Liverpool can get over the line somehow in the Premier League title race then Mac Allister will have proven to be the difference. The contract between the Liverpool midfield this year and last could not have been more obvious, and he is the biggest contributing factor in that.