After a disappointing season, even missing out on the next Champions League, Liverpool begin their rebuild for the 2023-2024 season with the signing of midfielder Alexis McAllister, world champion with Argentina in Qatar-2022 , the club announced on Thursday in a statement.
Although the ‘Reds’ did not reveal details of the operation, the English press reported that the Anfield club would have paid as much as £55 million (around $69 million) for the 24-year-old midfielder on offer. A contract for five seasons.
McAllister has been one of the architects of Brighton’s good season (6th in the Premier League and qualifying for the next Europa League) and above all, a masterpiece of Lionel Scaloni’s team that became champions at the World Cup in Qatar last December Was.
Signing for Liverpool is “a dream come true”, the player admitted in the unit’s statement.
“It’s been a great year for me, the World Cup and what I’ve achieved with Brighton, but now it’s time to think about Liverpool,” admitted the footballer, who said he was “in shape” from day one. ” wanted to be. It’s pre-season, so it’s positive that everything is locked down now.”
“The player has successfully passed a medical examination and the Reds have reached an agreement to sign him ahead of the summer window,” wrote Liverpool, champions of the Champions League in 2019 and Premier League in 2020.
Liverpool also highlights the arrival of a player “who just six months ago helped Argentina win the World Cup in Qatar last December and after an impressive season with Brighton”, this modest club from the south of England is the European champion. Contributed to the first qualification for the competitions. ,
McAllister arrived at Brighton from Argentina’s juniors in January 2019, although he played on loan at their training club until June that year. He played the first part of the 2019–2020 season on loan at Boca Juniors, until his confirmed joining at Brighton in January 2019, once he had obtained a work permit.
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He played a total of 112 games with Brighton, scoring nine goals and the same number of assists.
McAllister’s arrival is the first stone in the rebuilding of a team designed by Jürgen Klopp after a disappointing season in which the ‘Reds’ only finished 5th outside the Champions League, although they will play in the Europa League next season.
The Argentine will be one of the players who will have to ease the departures of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and James Milner, who will not continue as they have not renewed their contracts.
English football gem Jude Bellingham, whose club, German Borussia Dortmund, on Wednesday announced an agreement in principle for his transfer to Real Madrid for $110 million (plus up to a maximum of 30% of that amount) has been ruled out because Has gone. high price in bonuses), Liverpool went after the Argentine, often compared to Croatian Luka Modrić for his play and his technique.
Klopp commented, “He’s a really talented guy, very smart and technically very well gifted.”
Of all players who played more than 1,000 minutes in the previous Premier League, McAllister was the only player to have more than two shots at the same time, more than two ‘tackles’ and more than 50 passes per game.