One thing is practically certain from now on…
Coutinho will be a starter for Brazil in his country’s next fixtures – his performances over this international break quite literally force manager Tite’s hand.
Against Ecuador last time out Coutinho came on after an hour and changed the game, transforming his side’s fortunes, and verses Colombia last night – did so again.
Brazil were drawing 1-1 with Jose Pekerman’s team after 66 minutes last night, with Miranda’s early goal cancelled out by a Marquinhos O.G, when Coutinho came on for Chelsea’s Willian…
Our no.10 immediately injected crisp passing and dribbling into Brazil, and assisted Neymar’s winner on 74 minutes.
He could have scored after this, and beat defenders with some beautiful dribbling skills to boot.
Coutinho only played 24 minutes, but was a contender for Man of the Match, and naturally, Brazilians loved it:
COUTINHO is on fire, your defense is terrified… ?
— Rodrigo Faber Rotta (@rodrigofaber) September 7, 2016
That goal was made by Coutinho.
— Sán (@Zizouology) September 7, 2016
The crowd is screaming “Coutinho, Coutinho.”
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats2) September 7, 2016
The playmaker will be back on Merseyside now, or very close to it, after Liverpool rushed him home from South America overnight in order to give him as much time as possible to prepare for the clash against Leicester on Saturday evening.