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Liverpool star Alexis Mac Allister speaks out on Jurgen Klopp playing him out of position | Football | Sport

Liverpool star Alexis Mac Allister says he is learning on the job after being tasked with playing in a deeper role than he would like this season. The Argentine was used as a box-to-box midfielder by his country as they won the 2022 World Cup.

He also earned a £35million move to Liverpool from Brighton last summer after starring in the No 8 role. But Jurgen Klopp has asked the 25-year-old to sit in front of the back four this season and he has not looked out of place.

“It was clearly not the idea, but things changed,” Mac Allister said of his new role. “At the beginning of the season, we didn’t have a proper No 6 so I had to do the job – and Jurgen likes it! So I try to do my best and it’s all about helping the team.

“It’s quite different, because as a normal No 8 you need to be able to carry the ball more and use it more further forward.

“Playing deeper is maybe a little bit easier in some respects because you get more space and more time when you’re on the ball. But it’s about understanding the game and my team-mates help me a lot. They make it easier for me.”

Liverpool are five point clear at the top of the Premier League table heading into their clash with Arsenal this afternoon. And Mac Allister is hoping his side can ride the wave after beating Chelsea 4-1 in midweek.

He added: “Confidence is very high at the moment – but when you beat a team like Chelsea 4-1 it’s going to be high.

“But we expect a very hard game at Arsenal, like it was in the FA Cup. It was a very tough game, they have very good players, they know what they want to do and have a clear idea of what they need to do.

“They want to win the game, just like we do. It’s clear that we have improved a lot now as a team since the beginning of the season. You can see that every player who comes into the team knows exactly what they have to do.

“We are really pleased with our performances so far but we know that we’ve only just gone past the halfway mark in the season. We need to keep going.

“We know the potential of this team. If we keep playing like we are and did against Chelsea, then we can achieve something this season.”

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