Former Premier League footballer Danny Mills was left astounded to find neither of Liverpool’s full-backs made FIFA’s World XI during their annual awards ceremony earlier this week.
While Jurgen Klopp picked up the men’s coach award after steering Liverpool to a sixth Champions League title, Mills could not believe that Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold were both missing as the best eleven was revealed.
Instead, a defence made up of teammate Virgil van Dijk, Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt, as well as Real Madrid duo Sergio Ramos and Marcelo were named in the men’s World XI.
Mills was surprised to find no right-back was selected in the team’s ‘back four’ – and felt that the respective seasons of Ramos and Marcelo were no better than the Liverpool duo.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, 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.
“There’s no right-back in the team, either!
“Trent Alexander-Arnold, why is he not in there? Andy Robertson in at left-back, where are these players? They were sensational last season!
“They got goals and assists, why did they not get a vote or two?”
It is easy to see why Mills feels the Liverpool defensive duo in particular have been harshly overlooked, with Alexander-Arnold and Robertson both part of a team that was crowned kings of Europe and finished runners-up in the Premier League – compared to the minimal achievements of the Real Madrid pair who endured a tumultuous, trophyless season at the Bernabeu.
The stats back up the contrasting campaigns between Liverpool and Real Madrid, too – with Alexander-Arnold and Robertson registering a combined 29 assists last season, as Ramos and Marcelo were involved in 22 goals in 2018/19 – but only after taking Ramos’ eight penalties into account.
Therefore, it is difficult to suggest what the likes of Alexander-Arnold would have to do given the reverse of fortunes for the Spanish giants in recent times, as Mills’ anger over the Liverpool duo’s lack of votes looks completely justified.
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