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Liverpool’s Newest Signing, Alexis Mac Allister
It seems that Liverpool has struck gold with their newest acquisition – Argentinian midfielder, Alexis Mac Allister. While his talent may not be on par with the likes of Lionel Messi (but who can compare?), there is no denying his meteoric rise to success.
The Early Days and Rise to Prominence
Mac Allister made his debut at just 17 years old in Argentina’s second tier league for Buenos Aires side, Argentinos Juniors. His versatility and skill helped secure promotion later that season, paving the way for a quick ascent up the ranks. He even became the club’s second biggest sale ever when Brighton came knocking with an £8m offer in early 2019.
Fame didn’t come immediately though – he was still able to walk around unnoticed back home until recently. However, after helping Argentina win the 2022 World Cup, things changed drastically. When he returned home to La Pampa last year “15,000 fans were waiting for him”. Now with this new move to Liverpool in a £55m deal, it seems that there will be even more fame ahead.
A Footballing Legacy
Sports runs through Mac Allister’s family line; from father Carlos who played alongside Diego Maradona for Argentina national team; uncle Patricio who played for Estudiantes de La Plata; brothers Francis and Kevin currently featuring Rosario Central and Argentinos respectively while they have their own side called Deportivo Mac Allister back home. Even as a youngster, Mac Allister helped his dad with the scouting reports he prepared for Spanish side Osasuna.
His talent was evident from an early age and it wasn’t long before he joined Argentinos at 12 years old – making waves right away for a team that is known as the ‘world’s nursery’ which has produced footballing greats like Fernando Redondo, Juan Roman Riquelme, Esteban Cambiasso, Fabricio Coloccini and Diego Maradona himself. His first senior appearance under former international defender Gabriel Heinze marked the beginning of his journey to excellence.
The Future with Liverpool
Liverpool fans are eager to see what Mac Allister will bring to their club’s rebuilding process after securing European football for Brighton last season. He finished the campaign with 12 goals in 40 matches – his most prolific season yet.
Argentinos general manager Alejandro Roncoroni believes that this move was destined for Alexis since he joined Brighton four years ago; stating “I wouldn’t ask him for a Brighton jersey or anything else… The only thing that I wanted was for him to invite me for the day he made his debut for Real Madrid or a team of the same level.”