Liverpool star holds World Cup ambition after surgery success

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Philippe Coutinho has revealed an operation to repair his injured shoulder has been successful, and targeted a quick return to the Liverpool first-team.

The Reds midfielder suffered the injury in a clash with Swansea City skipper Ashley Williams over a week ago during his sides 2-2 draw, and was expected to be out for six weeks.

It represented a blow to Coutinho, in a year where he is bidding to get selected for the Brazil squad at next summer's World Cup.

But, after the operation the 22 year-old was quoted by Sky Sports from an interview with Globo Esporte: "It's annoying to get injured, especially when you are playing well, but that happens.

"I now want to focus on my recovery and do everything right to be back as soon as possible to help Liverpool in the league.

"The surgery was a success and this is what matters the most. I'll be back soon."

The Brazilian has been one of Liverpool's most impressive performers ever since completing an £8million move from Inter Milan back in the January transfer window.

The Anfield side desperately missed his creative ability as they were condemned to their first defeat of the season against Southampton on Saturday.

And it has been the way Coutinho has established himself as such a crucial figure of the Reds' attack that has led to many tipping him for a place in the Brazil squad.

The midfielder has just one senior cap to his name - against Iran in 2010 - but he admitted his aspirations to return to the fold on a more permanent basis.

He said: "I dream of getting called up again for the national team, but it's only up to me.
"Of course it's bad when you get injured in a moment like this, but this is football.

"I have had a set-back and my concern is being fully ready as soon as possible. If I play well, things will happen naturally."

Coutinho may face competition for his place when he returns to the Liverpool side, with Luis Suarez having returned to the team as foil for Daniel Sturridge during last night's Capital One defeat to Manchester United.

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