Philippe Coutinho's 15-minute cameo for Brazil v Colombia shows he's ready for Liverpool return

Brazil Training Session - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier

Last Friday, the footballing world breathed almost a sigh of relief after the transfer window's most prolonged saga was finally settled.

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho failed to secure his dream move to Barcelona despite the Spanish side having three gigantic bids rejected for the Brazilian ace.

The 25-year-old is reportedly devastated by the whole ordeal but he now has to put it all behind him and rediscover his best form for the Reds.

Coutinho is yet to feature in a competitive environment for Jurgen Klopp's side this season due to a fairly sceptical 'back injury'.

However, he has ironically managed to shrug off the knock to feature for Brazil and over the international break, he reminded the world of his immense talent.

In the Selecao's first game against Ecuador, Coutinho was called upon in the second half to help break down the opposition's stubborn defence.

By the end of the game, Brazil had secured a 2-0 victory, with the Liverpool man scoring a sensational goal late on to seal the three points.

In their second game in Colombia, Coutinho once again had to make do with a place on the bench and was only brought on by Tite in the 75th minute.

Brazil v Ecuador - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier

Nevertheless, in his 15-minute cameo, the mercurial playmaker showcased his talent in a deeper midfield role.

Liverpool fans will love watching their man strutting his stuff and dictating the play with confidence.


He still looks like the player who was so devastating in the Premier League last season.

The pass to Neymar at the end is particularly special and Liverpool fans should get be very excited by it, because it is the exact kind of ball the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will thrive off of.

With Roberto Firmino also starting the season in sensational form, the idea of Coutinho slotting into a similar role for the Reds is mouth-watering.

Brazil Training Session - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier

It is unknown whether he will feature in Saturday's game away at Manchester City, however, he has flown back to England on a private jet in order to be in contention to feature at the Etihad.

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