Liverpool fans would have been a bit worried after discovering both Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino would play a big role for Brazil over this international break.
With Brazil playing Bolivia at 1:45am last night and then travelling to Venezuela for a 1:30am kick-off next Wednesday - supporters of Jurgen Klopp’s side will be praying their star duo don’t pick up any injuries ahead of their Premier League clash with Manchester United.
But rather than them being stretchered off, both Coutinho and Firmino were celebrating scoring goals for their national side as they thrashed Bolivia 5-0.
Coutinho played the entire 90 minutes and put his side 2-0 up when he finished well in the 26th-minute after great work by Giuliano.
It meant that the 24-year-old continued his prolific start to the season, having already notched four goals in seven appearances for the Merseysiders.
Check out his finish below:
His club teammate Firmino was then introduced in the 67th-minute and wasted no time in getting involved.
Coutinho turned provider to whip in a brilliant free-kick for Firmino to head in just eight minutes after entering the pitch.
It is, of course, Firmino’s second header in a week after he hauled Liverpool back into the match against Swansea with a glancing header into the corner
Check out his header for Brazil below:
As for Coutinho, his strike meant he has now scored three goals in seven Brazil appearances this year and it seems that new manager Tite is a big fan of his.
Before the match against Bolivia, he admitted that he had no choice but to play the Liverpool man because of his impressive performances in recent matches.
"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.”
Liverpool fans will just be hoping that Coutinho is given a rest when Brazil travel to Venezuela on Wednesday.
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