Liverpool fans have been left somewhat baffled over Luis Enrique’s reluctance to field Thiago Alcantara throughout Spain’s entire European Championship campaign.
A handful of supporters took to Twitter to criticise the former Barcelona manager following his national outfit’s defeat on penalties to Italy in the semi-finals.
Roberto Mancini’s men will face whoever emerges victorious from the competition’s remaining semi-final between England and Denmark this evening.
Whilst the No.6 had something of a mixed maiden season at Anfield last term, no doubt partly inspired by a return from an injury and a changed role in light of Fabinho’s deputising in the centre of defence, Enrique’s apparent lack of trust in the Spaniard seemed bizarre.
There can be no question regarding the talent of Spain’s other midfield options, however, to leave out a world-class star that made the FIFA FIFPro Men’s World11 only last year seems inexplicable.
At the very least, it will have pleased Jurgen Klopp to some extent, ensuring that the 31-year-old will return to Merseyside ahead of pre-season without any niggles or exhaustion.
You can catch some of the fan reaction below:
Luis Enrique thinking Spain are a better team without Thiago is craziness!🤷🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/5jVMyYJp2X
— Louise Begley (@louisebegley) July 6, 2021
Spain knocked out of the Euros, Enrique deserves this. His team hasn't been convincing since the group stages, and he still chooses not to play Thiago. Commiserations to Thiago now come home and get ready for pre season 🏠🔴 #lfc #liverpoolfc #ynwa #spain pic.twitter.com/S8Mol1ZXvI
— L5starfc ➐ (@l5starfc) July 6, 2021
— Kallzz (@KallzLFC) July 6, 2021
— Dan Tunna (@dantunna) July 6, 2021
Klopp must’ve threatened Enrique to not play thiago because this is ridiculous
— ً (@sxlmss) July 6, 2021