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Brendan Rodgers can't believe Philippe Coutinho's Brazil omission

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is finding it hard to believe that his star playmaker Philippe Coutinho was left out of the recent Brazil national squad.

The 23-year-old was left out of Dunga's team for upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and the United States despite playing in the Copa America this summer.

Strangely enough, the player brought in to replace Coutinho is the veteran midfielder Kaka, who last week advised Rodgers to build a team around the "great" 23-year-old.

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Coutinho has produced a number of world-class moments for Liverpool since joining from Inter Milan in January 2013 and has been named by several respected pundits as a dark horse for this year's PFA Player of the Year award.

His most recent moment of class came in Liverpool's opening Premier League game against Stoke City, when he fired a long range striker past Jack Butland to gift the Reds a 1-0. For Rodgers, it is just one more reason why Dunga's decision is the wrong one. 

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The Liverpool boss is quoted by the Standard as saying: "I was very surprised. With everything I had seen last season, with the changes in the squad, he was going to be one of the flagship players for the new dawn of Brazilian football.

"It is hard to understand. He made team of the season in the hardest league in the world, how he cannot be in the squad is incredible really.

"I spoke to him at length on Friday about it and of course he is disappointed but his only focus is on Liverpool.

"He is a really humble boy, a proud man for his country, so I am sure he will pick up the form he has shown over the last 18 months and I am sure it will not be long before he is back in it."

Only getting better

The spectacular goal at the Britannia Stadium was certainly not out of the blue from Coutinho, who stunned Southampton, Manchester City and Bolton last season with similar efforts.

But while Rodgers is happy for Coutinho to keep shooting from distance, the Liverpool manager is more concerned with the diminutive playmaker improving his overall performance.

"He is also the type of player whose numbers will be important: it is about creating and scoring goals - that is the level he is working to get to"

"It is just about consistency. We have started to see that in his game," he added.

"He is also the type of player whose numbers will be important: it is about creating and scoring goals - that is the level he is working to get to.

"You saw last week towards the end of the game he has that magic which can win you a game out of nothing and we have seen over time here how he has adjusted to life at this level.

"He is only going to get better."

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