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Done deal Liverpool agree £60m deal worth £150k-per-week to complete first summer signing: Reports

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Done deal Liverpool agree £60m deal worth £150k-per-week to complete first summer signing: Reports

Liverpool have found a breakthrough in their talks to sign Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton & Hove Albion for £60 million, according to Football Insider.

Mac Allister, 24, quickly emerged as the Reds’ top target after they pulled out of the race to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham. Jurgen Klopp’s side have been working on a deal to sign the Argentinian for weeks.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano recently reported that Brighton will sanction a move for Mac Allister for a fixed sum. It meant that Liverpool only have to agree personal terms with the midfielder to get the deal across the line.

According to the aforementioned source, Mac Allister has agreed to move to Anfield after talks. The transfer will see the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner triple his wages, with a contract worth over £150,000 a week awaiting him in Merseyside.

The Reds are, meanwhile, finalizing a £60 million transfer fee with Brighton, as per the report. The deal is said to be almost complete, with only the formalities left and the transfer tipped to be announced early in June.

Liverpool are thus on the verge of making their first signing of the transfer window. Klopp’s side are eyeing a midfield overhaul ahead of the 2023-24 season and could sign two more players in the position.

According to French daily L’Equipe, the Reds have opened talks over a deal for OGC Nice’s Khephren Thuram. They also have a genuine interest in Borussia Monchengladbach ace Kouadio Mane Kone, as per German magazine SPORT BILD. The English giants have been linked with other players like Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch as well.

Liverpool target Alexis Mac Allister’s journey with Brighton

Alexis Mac Allister joined Brighton from Argentinian club Argentinos Juniors for less than €7 million in January 2019. He returned to his former club on loan until the end of the season and also had a brief stint with Boca Juniors in the first half of the 2019-20 campaign.

The midfielder established himself as a key player for the Seagulls after returning to the club in January 2020. He made nine appearances for the south-coast club between then and the end of the season.

Mac Allister played 27 games across competitions for Brighton the following season, bagging three goals and two assists. Over the next two campaigns, he scored 17 times and provided seven assists in 76 appearances. His contributions were pivotal to the Seagulls qualifying for the UEFA Europa League this term.

The Liverpool target also helped Argentina win the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. He made six appearances for La Albiceleste in the tournament, bagging a goal and an assist.

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8 surprising stats that sum up Liverpool’s season – from the bad to the bizarre

It was a season to forget for the Reds as they racked up their worst Premier League points total since 2016 and exited the three cup competitions with a whimper.

The gruelling 63-game campaign that went before it took its toll on the players and a never-ending injury list certainly didn’t help matters, but failure to qualify for the Champions League will go down as a failure given recent standards.

Finger-pointing and scapegoating are usually the names of the game when attempting to dissect such shortcomings, with various theories posited throughout the season by supporters.

While a system tweak saw the Reds finish strongly, a number of facts and figures have highlighted just how much of a tough campaign it truly was for Jurgen Klopp‘s side.

Here, we take a look at some stats that may surprise you about Liverpool’s 2022/23.

Losing as many away games as Everton

Liverpool’s fortunes on the road put an end to any title hopes before they truly got going.

3-0 defeats away to both Wolves and Brighton were among the worst results of the Klopp era, with the 1-0 loss at Nottingham Forest an equally dismal display.

To emphasise the troubles, the neighbours across Stanley Park – who stared down the barrel of relegation for much of the season – suffered as many away defeats as the Reds.

The blue brethren narrowly escaped the drop to the Championship on the final day having been beaten 11 times away from home in the league, the same number as Liverpool.

Conceding first in 40% of games

It will come as no surprise to anybody who watched Liverpool throughout 2022/23 that the first goal regularly went against Klopp’s side.

The final figure, however, is quite staggering. Of Liverpool’s 52 games in all competitions, the opposition opened the scoring on 21 occasions (40.38%).

For a side like Liverpool, going behind as often as that makes it impossible to compete with the standards set by Man City in recent seasons, a pace at which we have demonstrated the ability to match at our best.

A 25 point drop off from last season

Premier League points swings, from 21/22 to 22/23 seasons:

Newcastle +22

Man Utd +17

Villa +16

Arsenal +15

Brentford +13

Brighton +11

Palace -3

Everton -3

Man City – 4

Leeds -7

Wolves -10

Spurs -11

Southampton -15

West Ham -16

Leicester -18

Liverpool -25

Chelsea -30

— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) May 28, 2023

Man City were pushed to the final day of the title race in a 2022/23 campaign which saw the Reds get within touching distance of all four trophies.

Since then, Liverpool have looked a shadow of themselves.

Only Chelsea have suffered a bigger negative points swing than the Reds, with Klopp’s side amassing 25 points fewer than they achieved last time out.

Alisson saved more ‘expected goals’ than any ‘keeper in Europe

The general consensus among supporters appears to be that the goalkeeper was Liverpool’s standout player of the season.

While thoroughly deserving of such plaudits, the very fact Alisson has been relied upon so heavily underlines a number of the problems the Reds have faced.

According to FBref‘s ‘Post-Shot Expected Goals minus Goals Allowed’ metric (PSxG+/-), no goalkeeper in Europe ‘saved’ their side more than the Brazilian in 2022/23.

Liverpool’s No.1 saved his side 10.1 goals against the xG, highlighting the extraordinary season he has had on an individual basis but also the Reds’ defensive fragilities.

Southampton scored 21% of their home goals against Liverpool

Despite ending the season with the worst home record in the league, Southampton found the net four times against Liverpool on the final day.

It meant that 21% of the Saints’ league goals at Saint Mary’s came against the Reds in an action-packed 4-4 draw.

The game was effectively a dead rubber for both sides with their respective league positions already confirmed, but the sloppy defending will have given the manager cause to be concerned.

23 players injured, over 300 games missed

For all of Liverpool’s recent failings, fitness issues have undoubtedly played their part in the troubles the side have faced.

The rigorous schedule of a quadruple chase appears to have caught up with many, with a remarkable 23 players missing at least one game through injury during the campaign.

Longer-term absentees included the likes of Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Stefan Bajcetic, while players such as Thiago and Ibrahima Konate have been in and out of the side with various fitness issues.

A total of 308 games were missed through injury throughout the course of the season, further highlighting just how busy the treatment table has been.

2nd-least time wasting team in the league

Liverpool’s ‘ball in play’ time per game was only bettered by Man City, per Opta stats.

It means the Reds don’t waste time as much as the rest of the league. Yes, of course Newcastle were the worst offenders.

The average Newcastle match saw the ball in play for just 51 minutes, 5 seconds, compared to 56 minutes 41 seconds for Liverpool.

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But defensively reliable from set pieces!

Liverpool conceded zero (0) goals from corners in the league this season – the only team not to concede a goal from a corner in the Premier League #LFC

Attached are some of their recent setups when defending corners: pic.twitter.com/BMmEr06C9M

— StatsBomb (@StatsBomb) May 30, 2023

To end on a more positive note, Liverpool managed to navigate the entire season without conceding a goal from a corner.

The Reds were the only side in the league to achieve the feat, with StatsBomb providing a detailed look at the defensive structure throughout the campaign.

The statistic does not take own goals or second balls into account but does offer encouraging signs that Liverpool’s organisation from set pieces has been difficult for opposition sides to overcome.

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