Brazil coach Tite reveals his plans for Coutinho for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers

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The international break - it’s something that Premier League fans hate.

Two weeks without any top-flight football and the overhanging fear of one of your star players picking up an injury whilst representing their national side.

While players jetting around Europe is bad enough, when your best players are travelling around South America, it’s definitely a worry.

What makes it even worse is when you have a massive Premier League fixture in the days after your player return from playing for their country.

That’s the situation Liverpool fans find themselves in as Philippe Coutinho teams up with the Brazilian national side for back to back World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Venezuela.

Brazil face Bolivia at 1:45am tomorrow morning and then will travel to Venezuela for a 1:30am kick-off next Wednesday - just four days before their clash against Manchester United at Anfield.

For those Liverpool fans that are praying that Coutinho doesn’t start for his national side, they have just received some bad news from Brazil coach Tite.

The 24-year-old may have been restricted to substitute appearances during their two previous matches against Colombia and Ecuador but he changed the game on both of those occasions.

For that reason, Tite has suggested that he is set to start the Liverpool star for the two upcoming fixtures whilst describing him as ‘the magician.’

"There’s a reason he is called the Magician,” he said, per the Liverpool Echo.

"With his passes, Coutinho opens the lines, creates space. I like his mobility, he was influential in both games when he came on (against Colombia and Ecuador last month when his introduction changed both matches).

"It was a difficult decision for me, but right now this is Coutinho’s moment. And in football, you have to follow the moment.

“The two appearances by Coutinho... his moment, the composition. It is with mastery, not only because the opponent was tired.”

While some Liverpool fans may be pleased that Coutinho’s qualities are being recognised by his national side, the majority of them will just be hoping he comes through unscathed.

It’s certainly an understandable thought process with the attacking midfielder having an impressive start to the campaign. The 24-year-old has already scored four goals in seven appearances this season as The Reds have got off to an impressive start.

If Jurgen Klopp’s side are set to challenge for Premier League glory this season - like many pundits have suggested - they will need Coutinho to be fully fit throughout the entire campaign.

You couldn’t blame the German manager if he’s watching Brazil’s qualifiers through his fingers fearing Coutinho isn’t on the end of any tough tackles this week.

Steven Gerrard
Premier League
Jamie Carragher
Brazil Football
Daniel Sturridge
Philippe Coutinho

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