Coutinho hopes starring Liverpool role will bring Brazil World Cup place

Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho is hoping that a solid first full season in the Premier League will push him into contention for a place in the Brazil squad for the 2016 World Cup. The youngster has claimed that he has grown up watching the likes of Kaka and Ronaldinho playing for his country as master playmakers and Sky Sports are reporting that the player now believes good performances with the Reds could see him emulate the feats of his heroes.

The 21-year-old will begin his challenge for a World Cup spot this weekend in Liverpool’s curtain raiser against Stoke at Anfield. The youngster has impressed on Merseyside since completing a switch from Serie A club Inter in January. He has also claimed that playing in England has helped improve his game due to the pace the football is played at both in games and training.

The playmaker also told added that playing alongside talents such as Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez has aided his development. Coutinho made 13 appearances for the Reds, scoring three goals, following his winter switch to Brendan Rodgers’ side.

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