Mix reactions among Liverpool fans after star player is left out of World Cup squad
Liverpool star Thiago Alcantara has been left out of Spain’s World Cup squad for Qatar – and the decision has received a mixed reaction amongst Reds fans.
Luis Enrique released a final 26-man squad on Friday morning, with Thiago being one of the high-profile names missing out on the tournament.
Also missing is PSG center-back Sergio Ramos, who may well have played in his last major tournament for his country.
Spain kicks off their World Cup on November 23, when they take on Costa Rica. Germany and Japan are the other teams in Group E.
Thiago has suffered a stop-start season amid injury but, when fit, is still one of Liverpool’s most influential players.
The decision to leave Thiago out of the Spain squad isn’t necessarily a major shock, given that he wasn’t included in the most recent squad in September either. However, he had only recently returned from a hamstring problem at the time.
Enrique insisted that the door was ‘not closed’ on any player not involved in that squad – but Thiago has not done enough to be selected this time around.
Many Liverpool fans are understandably disappointed that one of their key players will not be representing his country in the world cup.
It is a big blow for the player personally, given that he was forced to pull out of the 2014 World Cup after being named in the provisional squad.
One fan wrote: “Mental how he can be this special but he’s never going to play for Spain again.”
Another simply added: “Devastated for him.”
And a third fan said: “At this point, Thiago should retire from the national team without even thinking twice…”
However, other Reds fans have taken more of a medium-term view. With Thiago not playing in Qatar, the likelihood of him getting injured will reduce ahead of a busy post-World Cup period of fixtures for the Reds.
Liverpool already have Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Andrew Robertson, and more at home during the tournament – with Thiago now also set to stay on Merseyside.
One fan looked ahead to Liverpool’s clash against Man City in the Carabao Cup on December 22: “Fresh Salah, Diaz, Jota, Thiago, Firmino against City’s C team.”
And another said: “Excellent news for us, but baffling, to say the least.”
A third fan wrote: “I can’t pretend I’m sad to be honest, at least he will get rest.”