We’re pleased for our players on a personal note, but actually would much prefer our two best attackers to stay on Merseyside and train, avoiding injury and fatigue that can be picked up on international duty in South America…
Today, a leaked squad list for Brazil’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers has circled the net, as published by El Sevillsta.
Twitter account Brazil Stats published the list in a more easily visible fashion:
El Sevillista has leaked Tite’s 23-man squad which he submitted to FIFA yesterday.
So, the list according to them: pic.twitter.com/kzaAC0kODW
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats2) August 16, 2016
As you can see, both Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are included.
The former was sensational during Brazil’s failed Copa America campaign, scoring a hat-trick against Haiti, but Firmino has been called up after being in the international wilderness for some time.
El Selecao boss Tite must have been impressed with Firmino’s pre-season performances and perhaps saw his showing against Arsenal as well…
In terms of ability and talent, both should walk in Brazil’s squad and probably the starting XI as well – but we hope they’re used carefully during the fixtures with Ecuador and Colombia.
Right now, they’re essential to Liverpool and we need them in peak physical condition.