Coutinho had to don an oxygen mask after Brazil’s 0-0 draw with Bolivia last night.
But it was purely a precautionary measure and all his team-mates joined him, because Estadio Hernando Siles is 11,932 foot above sea level!
Coutinho and co had to take on Oxygen after playing Bolivia last night, 3.7km above sea level.. 🌊 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/MO3lr1egO9
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) October 6, 2017
Thankfully, Coutinho was withdrawn early and replaced by Willian, so he won’t have been as badly affected as Neymar and Gabriel Jesus, for example.
Roberto Firmino didn’t feature, but could play against Chile in a few days’ time should manager Tite wish to give his superstars a rest.
After that clash, which is the last of the South American World Cup Qualification Group, Coutinho and Firmino will fly back to Merseyside in order to prepare for our fixture against Manchester United in the Premier League.
The pair will arrive back to Liverpool training for Thursday morning at the earliest, which leaves it very tight for the 12:30 Saturday clash against our most bitter rivals.