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The Argentine press makes fun of Alexis Mac Allister’s “fatigue” in his first game for Liverpool


Alexis Mac Allister looked to be showing the “weariness” of a grueling season as he made his first appearance since joining Liverpool on Thursday.

It has been just over a week since Mac Allister completed his £35million move to Liverpool, and he went straight to Argentina.

First, that led to a friendly against Australia in China, and the 24-year-old started as part of Lionel Scaloni’s strong squad.

Argentina took the lead within two minutes through Lionel Messi, with Germany’s Pezzella adding another lead just after the hour mark to seal a 2-0 win.

It was a mixed performance for Mac Allister, who played 59 minutes before being replaced by Julian Alvarez when Scaloni wanted to share the time-out.

According to the Ole newspaper, which gave the midfielder a seven out of 10, he played “almost like a false nine”, although he still trained to “retreat into defence”.
“He has shown himself to be easy to adapt to a different role,” explains journalist Nico Berardo.

However, another Argentine outlet TyC Sports said Liverpool’s new No10 looked “tired” when they gave him a six out of 10.

“He arrived tired and besides the enormous heat in Beijing, there wasn’t much room for the dynamism that Alexis usually brings,” said Gaston Recondo.

“He had a first chance, but after that he has always been away from goal.”

Meanwhile, GOAL’s James Hunsley also gave Mac Allister a six out of 10: “[He] started well with some terse passing and snappy moves, but he stalled.”

That should come as no surprise considering Mac Allister has played 51 times during the season including six at the World Cup – spending 4,093 minutes on the pitch.

The increased demands of the international calendar pose another problem for modern-day players, as Argentina still have one game to play.

Scaloni confirmed on Thursday that Messi will leave the squad ahead of the away game in Indonesia with Angel Di Maria and Nicolas Otamendi.

But there are no such precautions For players like Mac Allister, who then takes around three weeks off before reporting to Liverpool for pre-season.

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