David Luiz abandoned the Brazil ship, says Liverpool legend

Liverpool legend Alan Hansen is critical of David Luiz's performance in Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany

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Brazil defender David Luiz Photo: The Sport Review

Alan Hansen believes David Luiz was guilty of “abandoning ship” during Brazil’s 7-1 loss to Germany in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final.

The 27-year-old, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a £50m deal from Chelsea earlier this summer, captained the hosts in the absence of centre-half partner Thiago Silva.

We said before the match that David Luiz is the captain, supposed to be the leader, but he has abandoned ship

Alan Hansen

However, Luiz produced an erratic performance as Joachim Low’s side stormed into a 4-0 lead inside 27 minutes before going on to net a further three goals.

And former Liverpool and Scotland defender Hansen was ruthless in his assessment of the world’s most-expensive defender’s performance in the semi-final.

“In 22 years as a pundit, and 40 years in the game, I have never seen anything like it,” Hansen told BBC Sport after the 7-1 rout.

“We said before the match that David Luiz is the captain, supposed to be the leader, but he has abandoned ship I am afraid. He has disappeared.”

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