Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has provided a positive update on new signing Alexis Mac Allister’s fitness after he was taken-off in their pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Mac Allister was brought off by Klopp at half-time after a coalition of knees with an opposing player left the Argentine on the floor. Liverpool’s physios attended to him at half-time and advised the manager to take him off.
This sent out worries in the Liverpool fanbase as they were keen on seeing their new signing hit the ground running straight away but he seemed to have picked up a rather unfortunate knock.
Klopp has since then put a rest to all the worries while speaking to the press after the game on Wednesday, saying: “It was just knee on knee, bruised. He was fine.” He went on to say that the Argentine would have been able to carry on playing but the management decided to not risk aggravating the injury in a friendly fixture.
Klopp also admitted that the player himself has told him that he is fine and feels fully fit. The step to take him off at half-time was a purely precautionary one from the seasoned manager.
There were serious concerns regarding the potential threat of the midfielder missing any part of the start of the season as Liverpool are spread thin in the middle of the park after the respective departures of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho.
The 24-year-old is therefore expected to play an important role in Liverpool’s Premier League campaign in the upcoming season as he will be expected to hit the ground running after his £35 million move from Brighton and Hove Albion.
He joined Brighton from his boyhood club in Argentina, Argentinos Juniors, back in 2019 and has gone on to play over 100 games for the Seagulls while showcasing his top-tier abilities.
He has all the tools he needs and that is the reason why Klopp has entrusted the midfielder to step up to the very top level. He was also a major part of Argentina’s World Cup winning squad of 2022 and did not look out of place amongst some of the best players in the world.
Hence, these reports on his injury, or lack thereof, will be met with a sigh of relief for all concerned with the Merseyside club.