Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister in a deal worth around £35m up front plus add-ons.
The Reds kicked off what is expected to be a busy summer of recruitment by activating a clause in Mac Allister’s contract which allowed him to leave Brighton at a fee well below market value.
The 24-year-old appeared 35 times in the Premier League as he helped Brighton qualify for Europa League football for the first time in their history, netting ten times on their way to midweek football.
He was also part of the Argentina side that lifted the World Cup in November, helping defeat France on a penalty shoot-out in the final.
In his first interview as a red, Mac Allister told the Liverpool media: “It feels amazing. It’s a dream come true, it’s amazing to be here and I can’t wait to get started”.
“I wanted to be in [from] the first day of pre-season, so it’s good that everything is done. I’m looking forward to meeting my teammates.
“It was a fantastic year for me – World Cup, what we achieved with Brighton – but now it’s time to think about Liverpool and try to be a better player and a better human being every day.”
“Since I won the World Cup, I said that I want to win more trophies and I think that this club will help me to do that – that’s the aim and when you are in a big club like this one you have to win trophies. So, that’s what I want”, the Argentine continued.
“Since I arrived here, I can see how big this club is – the players we have, the staff, everyone. I’m really pleased and looking forward to playing for this club.”
Mac Allister will wear the number 10 shirt for Liverpool, last occupied by Sadio Mane, and he will be hoping to have a similar effect on the Reds as the Senegal star managed.