One of the shock squad selections of the World Cup was announced this week as it was revealed that Leroy Sane has not made Germany’s 23-man unit for the tournament in Russia.
The Manchester City star was in fine form throughout the season, but Liverpool fans think that they know the reason why the attacker was snubbed.
Plenty of Reds supporters posted on Twitter that Trent Alexander-Arnold played an inadvertent hand in selection.
The 19-year-old, who earned a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup, did a stellar job at keeping Sane quiet across two legs of the Champions League quarter-finals last season.
Many fans claimed tongue-in-cheek that Joachim Low decided not to subject Sane to another head to head with Alexander-Arnold in Russia.
— oh campione (@ashgunnlfc) June 4, 2018
I see Trent Alexander-Arnold has cost Sane his World Cup spot. #LFC
— Pim Wangtechawat (@PimKaprao) June 4, 2018
Alexander-Arnold is to blame for Leroy Sane's immission from the German National team. #lfc
— Pep Mmusi (@use_pep) June 4, 2018
— LFC Dagger (@lfc_dagger) June 4, 2018
Received an update from my source in Germany confirming Leroy Sané was dropped from the World Cup squad as a precautionary measure
— Pablito (@Pabskilla) June 4, 2018
It's been reported that Leroy Sane's omission from the Germany squad was caused by Joachim Low being unable to get him out of Trent Alexander-Arnold's pocket in time for the World Cup. Low is confident he'll be able to get him out in time for the 2020 Euros.
— Lemuel (@LHervie14) June 5, 2018
Sane didn’t want to face Trent again it’s understandable …….
— Harry Baker (@HarryBaker_09) June 4, 2018
My man Trent got man like Sane dropped from the Germany squad. https://t.co/YjbFIfBP4m
— Khayelihle Dlamini (@Dante_da_Prince) June 4, 2018
Joking aside, the 22-year-old’s omission has come as a surprise given that he scored 14 goals and created 17 assists in all competitions for City.
For Germany, Sane has earned 11 caps.