England face Bulgaria in a Euro 2020 qualifier this evening, and Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has selected just one Reds man – Jordan Henderson – in his starting XI.
Kieran Trippier, now at Atletico Madrid, has been chosen to play at right-back over Trent Alexander-Arnold, while Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings plays ahead of Joe Gomez in the centre of the defence.
The fact that neither are playing for England could be a good thing in that they can’t pick up injuries while sat on the bench, but Reds fans were baffled by the decision nonetheless.
As these tweets show, many Reds supporters simply could not get their head around the call.
So Southgate keep Maguire Trippier to start and keep Trent Gomez on the bench after the very bad performance and defeat aswell 😳 How is he thinking or not at all maybe 🙈
— Peter (@LFCKINGS) October 14, 2019
I’m all for our players resting during the international breaks, but if I was Trent and Gomez I’d be telling Southgate where to shove it. A generational talent, two European champions, having Trippier and Mings preferred over them. Laughable.
— Jurgen Klopp (@Koppity_Klopp) October 14, 2019
ill never understand how southgate can keep picking trippier, mings and keane over trent, gomez and tomori
— Jordan (@jhopkins_99) October 14, 2019
England’s loss is our gain, I’m alright with Southgate not playing Trent and Gomez as we have United on Sunday.
— Dawood Hussain (@DawoodHussain1) October 14, 2019
The Premier League returns at the weekend with the Reds travelling to Old Trafford. Alexander-Arnold is almost certain to start that one, though Joel Matip would be the favourite to play ahead of Gomez as long as he has returned from injury.