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Lucas praises Liverpool team mate Coutinho and insists he has several World Cups to look forward if he misses out in 2014

Lucas and Coutinho celebrate with their team mates

Lucas Leiva has praised fellow Brazilian and Liverpool team mate Philippe Coutinho, although he has cautiously warned him not to be too disappointed if he misses out on Luiz Felipe Scolari’s final World Cup squad.

Lucas told the Liverpool Echo that Coutinho’s regular absence from Felipão’s squad demonstrates just how strong the current Brazil national team is at the moment.

“It shows just how difficult it is to be in that squad. I always speak about it with Philippe. Of course he’s desperate to be there but he’s still very young. He will have three or four World Cups ahead in his career.”

Coutinho and Lucas have both played a fundamental role in Brendan Rodgers side that has taken the Premier League by storm this season.

Lucas feels that it is only a matter of time before his team mate is back playing for Seleção after making a sole appearance in 2010. He has told the 21-year-old to stay focused with Liverpool and let the rest fall into place.

“I tell him I am sure he will be a very successful player for Brazil one day. I know he’s got all the skills and qualities to be there.

“I want him to be in the squad as well but he just needs to be patient and keep doing what he’s done for Liverpool. If he’s doing well for Liverpool then at some point he will have his chance.”

 
 

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