Liverpool player was 'relieved' to be substituted off in comeback win over Wolves
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted that midfielder Alexis Mac Allister was 'relieved' to be substituted off at half-time in the comeback win over Wolves.
The Premier League has resumed this weekend after the recent international break with the Reds coming from behind to pick up three points.
The Molineux side took the lead when Hwang Hee-chan slotted home to give the hosts the advantage heading into the break.
But the Reds equalised thanks to Cody Gakpo, before Andy Robertson fired Liverpool ahead with five minutes to go, with Hugo Bueno's injury time own-goal putting the result beyond doubt with a 3-1 victory for the visitors.
Liverpool signed Mac Allister over the summer from Brighton & Hove Albion, signing the Argentine World Cup winner for an initial reported £35 million fee, which could rise eventually to £55 million with add-ons.
But Mac Allister ultimately had an afternoon to forget at Molineux, picking up a booking and being taken off at half-time by Klopp in place of Luis Diaz, as Liverpool went on to come from behind to claim victory.
Mac Allister has been on international duty with Argentina, and was recently part of the squad which took on Bolivia in the World Cup qualifier.
It was held in the Bolivian capital of La Paz, which is the city with the highest elevation in the world and, as a result, oxygen levels are lower.
Mac Allister was pictured using oxygen to cope with the altitude - and Klopp revealed that the midfielder was 'relieved' to be be taken off against Wolves, all things considered.
As per the Evening Standard, Klopp said: "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, 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.”