Liverpool boss Rodgers wants Brazil place for Coutinho

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is eager to see playmaker Philippe Coutinho in Brazil’s squad next summer, and has been in contact with manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, Liverpool FC has reported.

The 21-year-old joined the Reds in January from Inter Milan in a deal worth £8.5m and has been a key player for the Anfield side since his arrival.

Coutinho has yet to force his way into the Brazil squad on a regular basis though, and has just one cap to his name, which came three years ago in a friendly against Iran.

His club manager Rodgers is pushing the case for his player though, and is regularly in contact with Scolari regarding the midfielder’s fine form.

He said: “Philippe is such a talent now, he is an absolute joy to watch, and I have been on to Scolari constantly about him because I know Luiz from my Chelsea days,”

“Brazil have such an array of talent in Neymar, Oscar and Bernard, but Scolari knows all about Coutinho because I have been on about him and Lucas. Lucas has got into the team, which is great.”

He added: “Obviously it is more difficult in Philippe as there is a lot of competition in his position. But he really is at that level and he just has to keep playing and pushing his case.”

“Felipe has asked me to keep an eye on the Brazil boys and give any feedback – even ones from other clubs – but I’m only concerned about ours here and, for me, Philippe is brilliant.”

The Northern Irishman’s praise didn’t stop there though, saying: “I saw some videos of him playing from when he was 12 or 13, and it was amazing. He was playing futsal and there was no difference to how he is now. He plays like a street kid with the joy and excitement of a boy, but his performances are like a man.”

Coutinho’s season has been interrupted by injury but he has still made 10 appearances and has been instrumental in Liverpool’s excellent start to the season which sees them sit second in the table.

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