Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he was shocked that Philippe Coutinho was left out of the Brazil squad that will play two friendlies next month, the Daily
The 23-year-old was dropped by the national team coach Dunga in favour of 33-year-old Kaka, who has most recently been plying his trade in MLS.
Rodgers criticised the decision, the Express report, and highlighted the form that the playmaker has enjoyed during the last couple of seasons at Anfield.
“With everything I had seen last season, with the changes in the squad, he was going to be one of the flagship players for the new dawn of Brazilian football,” he said.
“It is hard to understand. He made team of the season in the hardest league in the world, how he cannot be in the squad is incredible really,” he added.
The decision made by Brazil’s former captain was all the more strange as it came after Coutinho got the Reds’ new campaign off to a flyer with a stunning goal in the dying moments of their game against Stoke. The moment of brilliance helped to banish the painful memories of the 6-1 drubbing on the final day of last season.
There is no doubt that if the former Inter Milan man can continue to shine, and link up well with Roberto Firmino – who he has played alongside for the five-time World Cup winners – Dunga will have no choice but to not only select him, but to also build the side around him.