Alexis Mac Allister has revealed that his Liverpool teammates joke that he is Jurgen Klopp's 'son'.
The Reds new number 10 has started all five Premier League games so far in 2023/24 and is already an established player under Klopp, following his £35m summer arrival from Brighton.
Despite clearly having Klopp's trust, the World Cup winner has endured a somewhat bumpy introduction to life at Liverpool, having been sent off in the win over Bournemouth (the suspension was later rescinded) and substituted at half-time of the Reds' last outing against Wolves.
Teething problems aside, Mac Allister appears to be an important part of what Klopp has described as 'Liverpool Reloaded', while the Argentina star even described his relationship with the manager as 'perfect'.
"Many of my teammates tease me because they say that [Klopp] is my dad now. The relationship with him is perfect, he is a very charismatic person, who always tries to be close to the players," Mac Allister told La Nacion.
"He has crazy moments that you might see in a game, and you can’t stop laughing. For me it is a pleasure to be able to work with him."
Mac Allister also revealed that his Liverpool teammates only drove him crazy with teasing after he was picked to start against Wolves last Saturday, despite his international exploits in South America just a few days before.
He continued: "The last game we returned from the national team I was the only South American who started; well, Ali also did, but he had not played in Brazil. Lucho [Diaz] and Darwin were on the bench.
"Then they told me that he is my dad, that he can’t take me out, that I had played all the games and so they drove me crazy!
"But beyond the joke, he is a person that I respect very much and I hope that he continues like this and that I can continue learning from him on the pitch."