Brazil took on Argentina in the early hours of Sunday morning in the Copa America final, a game that stirred big interest in Liverpool.
With Lionel Messi and Neymar battling to win their first international trophies, much focus was on the trio of Reds involved with the Brazil squad.
However, things did not go according to plan for Alisson, Fabinho or Roberto Firmino.
Argentina 1-0 Brazil
Copa America final. Argentina vs Brazil. Messi vs Neymar. In the Maracana.
As far as South American football goes, it doesn’t get bigger than that.
And it was La Albiceleste that came away with the trophy in what was a tasty affair.
Tackles were flying in for the full 90 minutes, as we probably should have expected.
Angel di Maria scored the game’s only goal in the 22nd minute.
Renan Lodi failed to deal with a delightful Rodrigo de Paul long pass over the top. Di Maria ran on, touched it beautifully and finished with an even more delightful chip over Ederson.
It really was a stunning goal, even if Brazil could have dealt with it better.
It turned out to be the games only real talking point.
Chances were few and far between for each side throughout the rest of the game, even though the intensity and the aggressiveness was still quite high.
Messi was not at his absolute best, but he won’t care. He has that long-awaited international trophy that he always lacked.
Brazil paid for leaving out Liverpool trio
Despite being two of the best players in the world in their position, Alisson and Fabinho were not involved at all.
Roberto Firmino was only sprung from the bench, albeit it was at halftime.
Strangely, Tite played three different goalkeepers in the group stage.
Alisson played the first and the last, with both Ederson and Weverton featuring in between.
It looked like the Liverpool man would retain his regular place in the knockout games, but the Brazil boss stuck with Manchester City’s Ederson.
While they are both two of the world’s best goalkeepers, Alisson is simply better in our completely unbiased eyes.
Could he have made a better effort than his teammate to stop Di Maria’s chip? It is certainly possible.
Meanwhile, Fabinho had to take a spot on the bench to allow for the presence of Manchester United’s Fred in the starting XI.
We know that they play slightly different roles. Fabinho likes to sit and hold the No 6 position, while Fred likes to charge around the field running after the ball.
Yet there is no reason that Fabinho could not have formed a brilliant double-pivot with Casemiro. Yes, it would be two out-and-out defensive midfielders, but they are both able to play and it would allow for four attackers to go all-out.
If not, we would argue that he should be starting ahead of the Real Madrid man anyway.
It seems like the rest of the world does not know how good these Liverpool players really are. This is despite the duo being key parts of Champions League and Premier League-winning campaigns.
Perhaps if both Alisson and Fabinho were key parts of the regular XI throughout the tournament, it would have been the Selecao celebrating last night.
What did fans make of Brazil’s Liverpool snub at the Copa America?
As expected, the tribal Liverpool fans were happy to back our boys and say that they should have been starting.
In fact, it wasn’t just Kopites that were left confused by Tite’s decision.