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Philippe Coutinho Ready to step up for Brazil

Philippe Coutinho has become one of the major hopes for Brazil as the side already look towards the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Liverpool playmaker has earned his first-call up for the national side since 2010 and should get a chance to show his worth to new boss Dunga against either Colombia tomorrow or Ecuador on Tuesday, having already represented Brazil alongside Neymar at U-17 and U-20 level.

The former Vasco prodigy, who has four years experience in Europe behind him, has become a pivotal piece of coach Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool puzzle, especially after the exit of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

Having failed to break into the first-team at Italian giants Internazionale, the 22-year-old has found a new lease of life at Anfield. Last season, he started 30 games for Liverpool as the club ran Manchester City close in the race for the Premier League title, a crown the Merseyside club have not lifted since 1990.

He has only one cap for the Seleção to date, in a friendly after the 2010 World Cup, but now has the perfect platform on which to show his progress over the last four seasons away from home comforts.

Last term, he scored five goals and gave eight assists as the Reds qualified for the Champions League for the first time in five years.

 

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