Arsenal star shocked to discover he won't face £20m Liverpool player at World Cup
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Arsenal star shocked to discover he won't face £20m Liverpool player at World Cup

Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu was surprised to learn that Spain didn’t pick Thiago for the World Cup. He expected to face the Liverpool player.

Takehiro Tomiyasu is at the World Cup with Japan and they’ve got a particularly tough group. Both Germany and Spain feature, while a meeting with Costa Rica hardly offers respite.

Tomiyasu discussed the group on Tuesday, where chose his favourite player in the Spain squad. The Arsenal defender picked Liverpool’s Thiago – and was then shocked to learn that Luis Enrique hadn’t picked him.

“He’s not coming?” asked Tomiyasu, per AS. “Sorry, I didn’t know that.”

Spain don’t pick Thiago for World Cup

Well, we were as surprised as Tomiyasu to learn that Thiago won’t be there. The midfielder has been absolutely sensational over the last year, playing like one of the world’s best.

He’s been one of the most influential passers on the planet, in fact, and was instrumental in Liverpool progressing in every competition last season. Kevin De Bruyne was really the only midfielder we’d have put ahead of him.

So the fact he’s not at the World Cup is bizarre to us. The likes of Pedri and Gavi are superb talents but better than Thiago right now? We wouldn’t put them close.

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Of course, Thiago isn’t the only Liverpool player who failed to get the nod this winter. Roberto Firmino didn’t get into the Brazil squad, while Joe Gomez wasn’t able to make a late surge into Gareth Southgate’s plans.

Combined with those whose countries didn’t qualify, Liverpool are left with a remarkable group of players getting rest during the World Cup. We built a fantastic XI from those players – all of whom should be firing once club football returns.

Hopefully, Spain’s loss ends up working to Liverpool’s advantage in 2023.

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