Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has been well received on his return to the Brazil camp by one player in particular - Barcelona superstar Neymar.
After failing to make his nation’s squad for the home World Cup this summer, the 22-year-old is back in the fold under head coach Dunga, and made his second appearance as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Colombia on Friday night.
Neymar skippered the side and scored the only goal of the game, which could explain why he’s in such high spirits ahead of the friendly against Ecuador in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Posing alongside Coutinho for a snap on instagram, the Barca attacker wrote: "So good to meet up this guy again, my friend and teammate since we played in U16s.
"He's become a bit cheeky now but I forgive him [laughs] we are together Couto, I love you pal.”
Coutinho earned his first cap for Brazil back in 2010, but much has changed since then after leaving Inter Milan for Merseyside after a spell on loan in Spain.
He joined Liverpool in January 2013, becoming a firm fans’ favourite for his ability to pick a pass. His prominence gradually grew in Brendan Rodgers’ side, and he played when fit throughout last season.
Liverpool's little magician
Despite a host of arrivals at Anfield this summer, the little magician is still expected to play his part in a 4-2-3-1 formation, although it remains to be seen how he’s utilised on a regular basis - either behind the striker or wide left, as has been seen already.
Either way, Liverpool are a better side with the attacking midfielder on the pitch, and Neymar clearly has time for his compatriot as well.
His rise to prominence has been even greater, leaving Santos for Barcelona in the summer of 2013 and joining the likes of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta at the Nou Camp.
It wasn’t a first season littered with silverware however, after Barca fell to Atletico Madrid in La Liga and great rivals Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey. Los Blancos also won the Champions League.
Neymar will be hoping things change this season however, and Barcelona have started with back-to-back wins - the only team in Spain to achieve that.
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