Mac Allister were carrying the oxygen tubes in their hands ahead of the game.
Liverpool midfielder Alexis Mac Allister was withdrawn at the interval in previous game against Wolves. There were claims that it might be an injury. Jurgen Klopp admits Mac Allister was ‘exhausted’.
The Argentine started with Dominik Szoboszlai and Curtis Jones in the center of the park but lasted only 45 minutes. Klopp brought Luis Diaz in his place for the second half. Former Brighton midfielder came into the game having played two games for Argentina over the course of the international break.
The stadium is located at an altitude of 3637 meters above sea level. Several Argentina stars including Mac Allister were carrying the oxygen tubes in their hands ahead of the game.
While talking after Liverpool’s 3-1 win at Molineux, Klopp insisted that the 24-year-old midfielder was relieved to be subbed off and also joked he should’ve had his oxygen mask on longer for Argentina.
He said (quotes via Evening Standard): “He was done. Yellow card and he was exhausted in the first half already. We know how good Alexis is, in the first half his decision-making… we saw during the week when he had the oxygen mask on, and I thought a couple of times they should have left it on a little bit longer – that would have helped maybe!
“It was just tough. When you’re in a game like this, it’s pretty likely you’ll come to a challenge a bit too late and then you have the second yellow and that’s it. That’s all. He had good moments in the first half, but he had some other moments as well and you could see them. He was not really disappointed when we took him off. I think he was rather relieved.”
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