Alexis Mac Allister could be a brilliant Jude Bellingham alternative at half the price for Liverpool – Blessing Sports News
ECHO has produced an in-depth comparison between reported Liverpool targets Alex Mac All-star and Jude Bellingham
Alexis Mac Allister and Jude Bellingham have become household names with English football fans this season.
Ironically, these two made waves at the winter World Cup to increase their price tags tenfold. While Mac Allister eventually came out on top, helping Argentina lift a trophy for the first time since 1986 to perpetuate his legacy, Bellingham – only 19 years old – is a standout name for England.
The former continues to excel at Brighton, steering the club towards a potential European debut campaign. The match-winning penalty helped sink Manchester United on Thursday – aiding Liverpool in their Champions League pursuit.
Reports in Argentina have suggested Mac Allister could join the Reds this summer for £60m. In the previous weeks, talk of signing Bellingham dominated the transfer agenda until Jurgen Klopp dismissed the claims – urging realism about what Liverpool could do in the market.
But is there much between the two players? For half the price, could the Allister Mac be a smarter choice than its English counterpart?
Well, as far as league goals stats are concerned, of course…
The 24-year-old’s consolation goal against Everton took his tally to 10 for the season. In contrast, Bellingham scored just seven goals for Borussia Dortmund, despite netting twice at the weekend. A lot of emphasis is placed on xG, the analytics used to calculate the probability of a shot leading to a goal.
The data shows that Allister’s xG Mac in 2022-23 is 11.4, significantly higher than Bellingham’s (6.2). Despite operating in a deeper role under Roberto De Zerbi, the Brighton man has excelled in attack.
As far as passing is concerned, Mac Allister also excels in accuracy (86.4 per cent) – although Bellingham (81.3 per cent) has scored more goals for his team-mates. The England wonderkid’s four assists beat the only arrangement Mac Allister made for Joel Veltman against West Ham United earlier in the season.
The difference in their styles can be analyzed statistically when both players have the ball. Bellingham, a box-to-box powerhouse with a relentless engine, has carried the ball for 7238 yds this season – dwarfing Mac Allister’s 5123 yds. However, the Seagulls quarterback gave away far less, being shut out just 34 times compared to Bellingham’s 55.
On defense, only three tackles separated the two but Mac Allister (22) trailed the 19-year-old in blocks (49). At Liverpool, however, the Brighton ace will have Fabinho or Jordan Henderson to lean on in defense, while Bellingham is an all-around, versatile midfielder at the heart of Dortmund’s engine room.
Both players can claim to have enjoyed a better season. After all, Brighton are outside the stakes for a top four spot and Dortmund have kept the Bundesliga title race going into May – both feats unthinkable at the start of the season.
Liverpool supporters will be elated at the prospect of signing either star but, as Klopp hinted last month, only Mac Allister seems a plausible option. Given the stats and his much lower price tag, you might be surprised to learn he has more to offer than holding his own against the future of English football.