The Reds addressed their midfield shortage by deploying forward Cody Gakpo as an advanced midfielder within a central trio – a role he had previously played in several preseason matches – alongside Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai. During the initial third of the game, especially when The Blues displayed caution, Mac Allister excelled as a playmaker from deep positions. His pass to Salah set in motion the sequence that led to the first goal.
However, as Chelsea gained control during their dominant phase, it became evident that Mac Allister required a commanding partner in midfield. At the final whistle, Mac Allister and his fellow Argentine teammate Enzo Fernández shared a moment of camaraderie, exchanging shirts. Both players performed admirably, but it’s plausible that their effectiveness could have been even greater if they were paired together.
The rationale behind both teams’ keen interest in securing Moisés Caicedo and Roméo Lavia is readily apparent. Chelsea seems to be leading the race at present, showing a willingness to pay Brighton a hefty sum of £115 million for the Ecuadorian player. Furthermore, the West London club are prepared to offer higher wages compared to Liverpool and is even considering surpassing Lavia’s £55 million buyout clause to secure his services.