David Luiz endured a disappointing second debut for Chelsea as they lost to Liverpool on Friday night.
The Brazilian was actually one of Chelsea’s best players but he couldn’t prevent them losing 2-1 to Jurgen Klopp’s impressive Reds.
Much has been made about Luiz’s £32 million return to Stamford Bridge, with many questioning Antonio Conte for signing the error-prone defender.
But it wasn’t for his performance that Sky Sports’ pundits were slamming the 29-year-old last night.
They were more disappointed with Luiz’s social media activity.
At 7:30pm, a tweet appeared on Luiz’s Twitter account. Given that kick-off was at 8pm, Jamie Carragher, Thierry Henry and Graeme Souness were none too pleased with the Brazil international for seemingly playing with his phone in the build up to a huge game.
Souness suggested Luiz should have been dropped, while Henry said that if he was a teammate of the defender’s then he would have started an argument.
The tweet read: “Keep calm and start the countdown: 30 minutes!”
There is an explanation that messrs Carragher, Henry and Souness seemed oblivious to at the time. In the day and age of social media, you’ll be hard pressed to find a player whose social media accounts aren’t managed by some tech guru.
Ok, so Michy Batshuayi and Joey Barton might be a couple, but the vast majority of players have social media managers to do their tweeting and Facebooking for them.
Hull City defender Curtis Davies explained why Carragher and co. were wrong to criticise Luiz.
Carragher: Luiz isn't a Conte player
Luiz rarely put a foot wrong against Liverpool - the same can’t be said for Branislav Ivanovic or Gary Cahill - yet Souness and Carragher both expect the former Paris Saint-Germain player to return to the bench when John Terry returns from injury.
"If John Terry played tonight, Chelsea wouldn't have conceded that first goal," Souness said, per Sky Sports. "Someone who can organise would have stopped that goal.
"David Luiz did nothing wrong but the most important thing for central defenders is stopping efforts on your goal."
Meanwhile, Carragher doesn’t think the Brazilian fits Conte’s style.
“It will be Terry and Gary Cahill - it's tried and trusted," the Liverpool legend admitted. "Chelsea are a type of club where the club actually sign players - the manager gets changed so often it's almost like a European model.
"If Antonio Conte had wanted David Luiz he would've got him much earlier. He's not a Conte centre-back. He's had out and out defenders at Italy and Juventus - their main job is to defend and Luiz isn't that type of player."
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