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Steven Gerrard Responds To Alexander-Arnold And Robertson Being Left Out Of World XI

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.

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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.

Ramos and Marcelo, on the other hand, didn't have anywhere near the success they'd had in previous years with Real.

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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.

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"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!"

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Thoughts on the FIFpro World XI? Who should have been included?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Football, Champions League, Steven Gerrard

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.