Liverpool have midfielder who is quietly outperforming Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo

Andros Townsend has hailed the ability of Liverpool's Alexis Mac Allister after lining up against the midfielder at Kenilworth Road with Luton Town earlier this month.

Mac Allister, who joined the Reds from Brighton & Hove Albion in June for a fee in the region of £35m, has unexpectedly been deployed as Liverpool's first-choice defensive midfielder following the summer exit of Fabinho to Al-Ittihad.

Townsend faced Mac Allister with Lutom earlier this month and was full of praise for the Argentine, who he claims has "immense quality".

Speaking to BBC 5 Live's Monday Night Club, the ex-Everton winger said: "When the ball’s at the feet of a (Joe) Gomez, (Virgil) Van Dijk or (Ibrahima) Konate, you’ve got three midfielders who all have the quality to get on the ball, get turned, play forward. You talk about Mac Allister as the No.6 now - he’s got quality.

Townsend's praise of Mac Allister has been affirmed by recent stats displayed by Sky Sports News, which compare the World Cup's performance in the No.6 role to those of Moises Caicedo and Declan Rice.

Mac Allister is averaging more tackles per 90 in the Premier League (2.8) than Rice (2.3) and Caicedo (1.9), who moved to Arsenal and Chelsea respectively this summer for transfer fees in the excess of £100m.

Mac Allister also boasts a superior rate of interceptions than Caicedo, with his rate at 1.5 per 90 eclipsing the Ecuardorian's return of 0.9 per 90.

The Liverpool No.10 enjoyed arguably his finest outing in a red shirt in October as Jurgen Klopp's side defeated Nottingham Forest 3-0 at Anfield. Mac Allister had been instrumental in the Reds' first goal, forcing a turnover in the centre of the pitch before threading a pass for Mohamed Salah to run onto.


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