Steven Gerrard Responds To Alexander-Arnold And Robertson Being Left Out Of World XI
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold was controversially left out of the FIFpro World XI this week, but former teammate Steven Gerrard "knows" what the outcome should have been.
FIFA instead opted for Real Madrid pair Sergio Ramos and Marcelo at the back alongside Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt.
Liverpool shot-stopper Alisson deservedly took his place between the sticks however the 'questionable' decision to leave out his in-form teammates became the biggest talking point.
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It was a bizarre decision, to say the least. The fact that two Los Blancos players were included sparked a huge debate on social media, as Champions League winners Andrew Robertson and Alexander-Arnold missed out.
I mean, they played a huge part in helping Liverpool win their sixth European title, not to mention the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea and finished second in the Premier League with a record 97 points.
But despite picking up over 20 assists each over the course of the season, the full backs didn't feature in the FIFpro World XI.
Trent / Robertson.
Champions League :trophy:
97 league points :clap:
16 and 13 assists each :dart:
22 and 26 clean sheets each
Sergio Ramos / Marcelo.
19 points behind Barcelona :point_down:
Conceded 71 goals and suffered 18 defeats :x:
Ramos makes the team at right back https://t.co/hWpvhENOSR
- SPORTbible (@sportbible) September 24, 2019
Alexander-Arnold, who has arguably been the world's best right-back in the past 12 months, may not have been included but that clearly doesn't make a difference for Steven Gerrard.
"We know so it doesn't matter." he said on Instagram, followed by two clapping emoji's.
Steven Gerrard is all of us after knowing that Trent and Robertson are not included in the so called best team itw pic.twitter.com/HDCyDztpqz- D.ée Gouw (@deziraygouw) September 24, 2019
Ramos and Marcelo, on the other hand, didn't have anywhere near the success they'd had in previous years with Real.
Los Blancos were knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16 and finished a disappointing third in La Liga.
Former Manchester City and England defender Danny Mills was baffled by the decision. In an interview with talkSPORT on Tuesday morning, he said:
"Ramos and Marcelo? I wouldn't have those two in. They are unbelievable players throughout the course of time, but not last season.
"Eden Hazard is not a midfield player, he's a forward. You've got to put him in the forward line, and then he doesn't even get in.
"I would leave Hazard and Luka Modric out of that team. There were better players last season in midfield.
"There's no right back in the team, either!"
"I wouldn't have Ramos or Marcelo." :x:
"Hazard's not a midfielder & he doesn't get in as a striker!" :x:
"I wouldn't have Modric in there." :x:
"Alexander-Arnold & Andy Robertson... where are they!?" :rage:
Danny Mills isn't happy with FIFA's World XI choices! pic.twitter.com/0N38Bzkrcy
- talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 24, 2019
Thoughts on the FIFpro World XI? Who should have been included?
Let us know in the comments.