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Liverpool updates: Jurgen Klopp has already received hidden good news as he faces the possibility of playing three games without Alexis Mac Allister

Aug 20, 2023 #Jurgen Klopp, #Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has been given a boost just in time for Liverpool’s decision on the appointment of Alexis Mac Allister.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has already received hidden good news as he faces the possibility of playing three games without Alexis Mac Allister.

Jürgen Klopp on Alexis Mac Allister’s red card against Bournemouth

Fifty-eight minutes after Alexis Mac Allister made his home debut for Liverpool, Argentina’s Ryan Christie went to score a goal just outside Bournemouth’s penalty area.

But he and virtually everyone at Anfield were stunned when referee Thomas Bramall was shown the red card, handing him the same fate Darwin Núñez suffered on his first home start 12 months ago.

While this decision was far more controversial – Núñez had lost his temper and beat Crystal Palace’s Joachim Andersen – video assistant referee Paul Tierney Bramall advised against taking another look at the on-pitch monitor.

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It now remains to be seen whether Liverpool will appeal the red card, a move Jurgen Klopp has suggested the club would at least consider. The Reds manager felt the challenge failed to meet most of the criteria for sending off.

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“Yeah, I saw it again,” he said during his postgame press conference (via LFC). “I think the number of times I’ve been asked about it already shows that it’s worth discussing again, which we probably will.

“I saw him again now, I couldn’t do it in the game. I asked Macca and he was like, ‘I touched him, but not really.’ he told me.

“After the game I’ve reviewed it now and I think when you have a list of points you have to give a red card, I think the majority – other than contact – nothing else, no other box n ticked off this moment.”

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“I think it’s a decision we all agree on. If he gives a yellow card, VAR won’t pick it up. He’s been given a red card and VAR won’t take it because the contact means that there is no clear and obvious [error].

Unless Liverpool appeal or get the result they want, Mac Allister could miss up to three Premier League games – Newcastle away next weekend, Aston Villa at home and Wolves away. away after the international break.

He would no longer be eligible for selection until September 24, when Liverpool host West Ham. The trip to Newcastle promises to be one of the toughest away games of the entire season, while Villa are a tough test as another member of last year’s top seven who left Anfield with a draw in May.

Wolves are the weakest of the three opponents, but in February they beat Liverpool 3-0 in the same game.

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Mac Allister is not only a quality player ready to switch Liverpool’s midfielder for $45m (£35m/€40m), but he also stepped in as a number six player during first games to make up the deficit of the team in order to balance this area.

At first glance, its absence would therefore be doubly problematic. But the good news is that the Reds’ prospects in defensive midfield are finally looking up.

Wataru Endo arrived from Stuttgart for $21m (£16m/€19m) and made his debut as a substitute on Saturday, while Stefan Bajčetić made a surprise return to the squad from the daytime.

Klopp appears to have ruled out the Spaniard for Friday’s match at Bournemouth as he said he was ‘really close’ to returning ‘but not there yet’ and then unexpectedly named him as a substitute.

Bajčetić did not feature during the match and remained hidden on the bench, but he could be in contention for the game against Newcastle if another week of training is behind him or, failing that, meetings with Aston Villa and the wolves.

Meanwhile, Thiago is also likely to return to the squad soon, with Klopp hinting that he is at a similar stage in his rehabilitation as Bajčetić.

So if Mac Allister’s suspension stands – and we’re waiting to find out – then the consolation is that Liverpool are in a much better position than they were last week.

Mac Allister came on a little late and caught Christie as he cleared the ball up the pitch, perhaps setting himself up for a yellow card.