Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho has been dropped by Brazil manager Dunga for the upcoming matches against Costa Rica and the United States, but Roberto Firmino has retained his place.
Coutinho featured throughout Brazil's failed Copa America campaign, and the Anfield playmaker has paid the price for his nations failure to advance past the quarter finals.
The 23-year-old, who scored the winning goal in Liverpool's 1-0 win against Stoke City, has been replaced by Brazilian legend Kaka, and Dunga has claimed you can't just build a team around youth.
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As per Sky Sports, he said: “We gave him a chance at the Copa America, you can’t just build with just youngsters, you need experience to help.”
The Orlando City player has been capped 89 times by Brazil in the past and was part of the squad that won the World Cup in 2002. He recently backed Coutinho to fill the void in Liverpool's midfield left by Steven Gerrard.
COUTINHO IS VITAL FOR LIVERPOOL
Coutinho showcased his immense talent at the Britannia on Sunday night scoring a stunning goal when the game looked to be fizzling out.
Having been named in the PFA Team of the Year last season, the Brazilian will be looking to kick on and help the Anfield club get back into contention for the Champions League.
If Liverpool are to get back into Europe's elite, a lot will hinge on the performances of the former Inter Milan player. The Merseyside club have enough quality in their squad to seriously challenge for a top fourth birth.
Coutinho will be dictating the tempo of play throughout the season and his ability to link up with Christian Benteke and wide players such as Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Jordan Ibe could make or break the clubs season.
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