After being snubbed by the Brazilian national squad, Philippe Coutinho looked as if he was in for a quiet week at Liverpool's Melwood training centre.
He was set to be one of just a handful of first-team stars to remain on Merseyside while most of his team-mates flew around the world to their respective countries. But despite the disappointment of not playing international football, Coutinho continued his rich form on Friday.
The diminutive playmaker scored twice in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Wolverhampton Wanderers, inspiring his team to a 3-2 victory in front of the onlooking Jurgen Klopp.
Coutinho's compatriot Roberto Firmino scored the other goal for Liverpool, giving the summer signing a much-needed confidence boost after a difficult start to his Premier League career.
Lucas Leiva, Allan Rodrigues de Souza, Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno and Joao Carlos Teixeira were the other recognisable stars to play a part in the friendly.
But it was Coutinho who stole the show, continuing what has been an impressive start to the season. He already has four Premier League goals this season, including two fine strikes in a 3-1 win against Chelsea last month.
Here is the first goal
And the second
It also proves that he has moved on from last season's struggles when Brendan Rodgers played him in a number of positions before finally giving him a chance in the No.10 role. He had also struggled to embed himself in a deeper role under Klopp.
However, on the back of this performance, he is likely to be the first name on the team sheet when Liverpool travel to Manchester City next weekend.
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